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Hackers Can Guess PINs, Passwords

Hackers Can Guess PINs, Passwords From Brainwaves: Study Hackers can guess a user's passwords by monitoring their thoughts, according to scientists including those of Indian origin who suggest that brainwave-sensing headsets need better security.

Electroencephalograph (EEG) headsets allow users to control robotic toys and video games with the mind.

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the US found that a person who paused a video game and logged into a bank account while wearing an EEG headset was at risk for having their passwords or other sensitive data stolen by a malicious software programme.


"These emerging devices open immense opportunities for everyday users," said Nitesh Saxena, associate professor from University of Alabama.

"However, they could also raise significant security and privacy threats as companies work to develop even more advanced brain-computer interface technology," said Saxena.

The team, including PhD student Ajaya …