Now Hackers Can Steal Your Data With Lasers, Too

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tkid124

How great, another way to steal my information, someone might, gasp steal my latest blog post!!! Oh wait I put those up online for everyone to see, so I guess this goes back to the idea of not accessing private information in public.

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vandalais

A laser would require line of site so why not use a pair of binoculars?

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Caboose

 Dur! Macs are impervious to those hacking schemes! Its only you stupid Winderz lusers that have to worry about that! I'll be just safe with my super-safe mac!!

In all honesty, I think both are a load of giant smelly bull crap! Like many have said, the differences in computers, and keyboards make it very difficult, if not impossible for the laser thing to work, You'd have to have a database which has every single keyboard ever made catalogued with its frequency for each key press. And don't get me started on the "electrical impulses from your outlet" thing...

 

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nekollx

 if anything mack are more vunerable.

Name all 17 inch Mac Books

now do the same for PCs

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ween23

i think mythbusters should test this one

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DavidWitteried

One of my favorite utilities is Roboform which stores my account info in encrypted files and enters the login info for me... no keystrokes, so there is nothing to capture. The bad guys would have to get physical access to the computer and my Roboform password to gain access to my accounts. Great software!

 David

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I Jedi

More and more hackers are finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities in computers in general. It's actually quite scary to think just how great they've become at finding ways to get our personal information in just a few short years. I personally think that hackers might be gaining the upper hand in online security. Too many people are uneducated in how to properly protect themselves better from attacks and software always seems to have vulnerabilities that hackers continue to exploit and companies are slow to fix.

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Stinky Fartface

The laser technique sounds very plausible, and not particularly new. My father used to work for the US Defense department and told me all sorts of interesting spy techniques they had to prepare for. Apparently the windows (physical not OS) in govt. buildings use double paned vibration dampened glass to prevent spies from pointing lasers at the windows and then recoding the vibration, which could be translated back into sound to record conversations. And this was back in the 80's. The laser technique descibed here is just an extension on that, coupled with the fact that each key on a keyboard has a unique audio fingerprint.

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andysalisbury

Ah really? Wow I had no idea it dated back that far. To me, it just seems that the vibrations given off by say -- a MacBook Pro and an Eee PC would be vastly different, in terms of build quality, materials used, etc. etc.

But, thanks for letting me know! You learn something new every day. 

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Stinky Fartface

Well the audio fingerprint is unique to each computer as well. A spy would probably have to get some kind of visiual confirmation to go with the audio at first to get a map of which keys made which sounds. I don't know maybe there is software that attempts to figure out which sound each key made. But once they had a map of it then they could understand what you are typing.

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lunchbox73

“make sure there is no line of sight to the laptop, move position
frequently while typing and pollute the signal by striking random keys
and later deleting them with the backspace key.”

It also helps if you wear a hat made out of aluminum foil and rub down your keyboard with eye of newt extract. Can't be too careful.

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mesiah

I was already formulating my aluminum foil comment in my head as I read the comments >.< You win this round lunchbox :P

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nekollx

 or use sharks....

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