Sensor data can be used to guess your PIN, unlock your phone

January 3, 2018

Turns out that those sensors in your smartphone that do all kinds of cool, magical things like give you directions, find your friends, let your Uber or Lyft driver find you, count the steps in your workout, let you know where traffic is bad and a host of other conveniences have a not-so-cool downside.

According to researchers from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, malicious apps on your phone could use the datastream from those sensors to build up information on how the phone is used and ultimately guess the phone’s PIN.

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