The next target of cyber-criminals may be the human brain, according to a study by scientists at the Universities of Birmingham in Alabama and California Riverside.
There is an increasing trend in the use of headphones that read brainwaves, especially in the field of video games.
Researchers, using a special EEG device, discovered that if a user, while playing a video game, stops playing to enter his code, he may be intercepted by his brain waves.
The 12 people who participated in the research were asked to type a random series of numbers, symbols and letters. At the time they did this, a special EEG device recorded the participants’ brain activity and potentially hackers could invade it.
The algorithm used by the researchers guessed four-digit codes with a success rate of 46.5% and six-digit with 37.3%.
According to Nitesh Saxena, one of the authors of the study”
“In the real world, a hacker could get someone to do the “training step” that malware needs to be more accurate, asking the user to set a predefined series of numbers, similarly used by CAPTCHA. By seeing how popular brainwave devices are made and in how many ways they can be used, it’s probably inevitable that they will become an integral part of our everyday life in the near future. It is very important to analyze the dangers and awaken the public about them”.
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