New use for iPhone - a keylogging, spy device

Summary:It's possible to log keystrokes from a computer by using an iPhone 4 to monitor the keyboard's vibrations.

A team of researchers has discovered a way to log keystrokes from computers simply by placing an iPhone 4 near a user's keyboard and monitoring the keyboard's vibrations.

The team at Georgia Tech used the accelerometer in an iPhone 4 to sense keyboard vibrations and determine what was being typed, without any connectivity to the user's computer or peripherals.

As documented in their paper, (sp)iPhone: Decoding Vibrations From Nearby Keyboards Using Mobile Phone Accelerometers, the researchers could decipher complete sentences with up to 80 percent accuracy, using a dictionary of about 58,000 words.

For more on this story, read iPhone used as a keylogging 'spiPhone' on ZDNet Australia.

Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Security

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