Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Best videos of 2011: Phone spy snoops on your texts

his demo of a smartphone spy comes in at number 10 in our best videos of the year countdown.
Careful what you tap out on your smartphone: new software could be watching. Using HD footage captured from up to 60 metres away, the screen-spy can track and align letters keyed in on a touchscreen phone.
The system exploits magnified letters on touchscreen keyboards to carry out its detective work. By deciphering the location of pop-up keys, it formulates a close match to the message. When displayed letters overlap, the solution makes an educated guess while giving the probability of its accuracy.
To find out more, read our original story Screen-spy program can read texts and emails.
If you enjoyed this video, watch two phones communicate using a rainbow flash.

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