Now Finger Heat can crack Passwords with the help of AI


Interesting, isn’t it….and it’s true! Hackers can use finger heat to crack passwords now -all with the help of Artificial Intelligence technology. And a group of researchers discovered this at the University of the Glasgow School of Computing Science in the UK.

‘ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security’ Journal has published some notes on the subject and also published some text-line related to how a professor named Mohammad Khamis discovered a technique to track down the flaw using a system named ThermoSecure. It is a system where a thermal camera is used to recognize the touch on the keys made by an individual.

Remarkably, the system can not only be used to detect the touch made by the fingers, it can also crack passwords, as there is no difference between a touch made by a hacker or the actual owner.

Meaning, the technology, if and when fallen into the wrong hands, can break into an ATM keypad or a computer or a network.

What’s good in the research and the newly developed technology is that the finger touch detection can only be used within 65 seconds(1min+) made on the keys. Meaning 86% of passwords can be detected within 20 seconds of finger touch. And 76% of them can be detected using thermal cameras within 30 seconds and 62% after 60 seconds.

Passwords made of 6 characters were easily detectable using ThermoSecure technology and those with 12 characters and long were difficult to detect.

The bad part is that such tools are already available online for a price of $230 and are in use in continents such as Canada, the United States and some parts of Europe.


Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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