Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Thursday July 07, 2016

Your Smart Watch Can Steal Your ATM PIN

Thanks to the numerous sensors in your smart watch, hackers can steal your ATM PIN with ease. How easy? Researchers were able to get your PIN 80% of the time on the first try and more than 90% after three tries.

Mobile systems and cyber security expert Yan Wang doesn’t wear a smart watch. "It knows too much," says Wang, an assistant professor of computer science at Binghamton University in Upstate New York. "If you are using a smart watch, you need to be cautious." He would know. Wearable devices can give away your PIN number, according to research he and colleagues presented in June at the 11th annual Association for Computing Machinery Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS) in Xi’an, China.