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A little-reported (at first) bit of research presented at this month’s Usenix conference makes the startling claim that consumer-grade EEG-based interface devices – like Emotiv and NeuroSky headsets – could be used to gain private information from users. The combination of sexy gadget and sci-fi attack was too much for the …

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Linux

Good luck

OK, the Black Hats have found I have a Visa card by reading my slowly fading neurons' emissions. I wish them every success in generating the 12 digit card number plus the 3 digit security code plus my linked ATM PIN.

As suggested, they're probably better off using social engineering, looking for Post-it notes under peoples' keyboards or just straight out fingernail-pulling torture.

Penguin, cos they never forget their PIN (Penguin Identification Number).

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Anonymous Coward

Hm

But they don't need all three of those pieces of information to defraud you.

I think however a more important point is that they could use that initial information to conduct more sophisticated or more convincing social engineering or other kinds of attacks.

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Headmaster

Re: Good luck

" I wish them every success in generating the 12 digit card number"

<cough> 16 digits...

I'll get my coat..

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Joke

I can't wait until I can go to my GP and get an annual injection of Norton Internet Security for Human Brains! That'll be fun - especially the chronic upgrade reminder cluster headaches ten month's later!

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It's not worth it!

You'll start crashing and running very slowly.

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Anonymous Coward

Don't even think about ....

.... sending that nice Nigerian businessman some money!

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Joke

How was your day, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Coffee?

Tying to get into your mind, second guessing your thoughts, inner response to females, recording it all in a permanent database for later use.

But less about the wife, this looks quite cool.

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Paris Hilton

It used to be....

It was said once that "you can't go to jail for what you're thinking". Well, think again! On the other hand.... don't think again. Don't think at all! Argh! They're out to get us.

The world has become a better place for people with little brain activity.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: It used to be....

You have to learn to master the art of doublethink.

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Terminator

Next stage of phishing attacks...

I can see in the not too distant future Black Hats inserting malware into your favourite games that use a brain-wave reader, to surreptitiously 'blip-vert'* images of banks/credit cards/anything into said games to deduce your personal information.

* +1 to anyone who gets the reference!

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Holmes

Re: Next stage of phishing attacks...

You are Geoff Noon and I claim my five pounds.

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Re: Next stage of phishing attacks...

blip-vert? Max Headroom? And wasn't there something about people's heads exploded due to them?

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Windows

Re: Next stage of phishing attacks...

Synaptic Leakage from a faulty prosthesis seems even more plausible now.

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Childcatcher

Re: Next stage of phishing attacks...

Why, y-y-y-yes, there was!

The reference also points out the greater potential for big business and big government to misuse it, if they have not already done so, than that of hackers having a chance to do so.

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Anonymous Coward

Might this result in lie detectors that actually have some validity?

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Anonymous Coward

as any fule kno', all you have to do is encrypt your brainwaves. Simple.

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Joke

I'm not worried.

I only even think about Linux, so I'm immune.

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