Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hacker’s App Automates Over-The-Shoulder iPad Spying


forbes.com
Shoulder surfing, the simple act of leering over a computer users’ shoulder to spy on passwords and other sensitive info, may not seem like the most advanced hacker trick. But when it comes to shoulder surfing Apple’s iPad, Haroon Meer has it down to a science.

Earlier this week, the South African security researcher announced that he’d built shoulderPad, an app for Mac OS, jailbroken iPhones and iPads that’s designed to auto-snoop on iPad users’ passwords by watching their touchscreen keyboards. Simply pretend to be fiddling with your phone or tablet a few meters away from an iPad user while he or she enters their PIN or password, and shoulderPad can uses your device’s camera to read and interpret the target’s keystrokes.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting post! There is also the iPhone version of this attack, which can also steal passwords and long texts while the victims move naturally during typing.

http://slashdot.org/submission/1716844/Fast-Automatic-iPhone-Shoulder-Surfing