Research from Newcastle University shows that PINs and passwords can be discovered by apps that hijack your mobile device’s onboard sensors.
“Most smartphones, tablets, and other wearables are now equipped with a multitude of sensors, from the well-known GPS, camera and microphone to instruments such as the gyroscope, rotation sensors and accelerometer. But because mobile apps and websites don’t need to ask permission to access most of them, malicious programs can covertly ‘listen in’ on your sensor data and use it to discover a wide range of sensitive information about you such as phone call timing, physical activities and even your touch actions, PINs and passwords.”
Please see the following article for a detailed overview of this very real threat. For other advice on Digital Forensic Investigations and Counterintelligence Services, please do not hesitate to call NSI for a confidential consultation.