PlaceRaider: Virtual Theft in Physical Spaces with Smartphones

Provided by: Indiana University Topic: Security Date Added: Sep 2012 Format: PDF
As Smartphone become more pervasive, they are increasingly targeted by malware. At the same time, each new generation of Smartphone features increasingly powerful onboard sensor suites. A new strain of 'Sensor malware' has been developing that leverages these sensors to steal information from the physical environment - e.g., researchers have recently demonstrated how malware can 'Listen' for spoken credit card numbers through the microphone, or 'Feel' keystroke vibrations using the accelerometer. Yet the possibilities of what malware can 'See' through a camera have been understudied.

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