Hackers could use malware to track subway riders’ whereabouts

While locking down cellular data and GPS connections on smartphones has always been the top security priority for manufacturers, it may be the overlooked motion sensors that provide the biggest window for hackers to spy on us. Researchers from Nanjing University have developed a technique that allows near-realtime tracking of unknowing subway riders. Using the unique fingerprint of each of the world’s subway systems as a starting point and malware designed to provide access to your phone’s motion sensors, the researchers have found they were able to plot test subject’s whereabouts with between 70 and 92 percent accuracy. In the paper,…

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