Google Glass HACKED to transmit everything you see and hear: Experts warn ‘the only thing it doesn’t know are your thoughts’
- Security hole can let hackers take control of the wearable computer
- Video and audio can be watched from anywhere in the world
- System can even watch people type passwords into other services
By MARK PRIGG
PUBLISHED: 06:25 EST, 2 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:45 EST, 2 May 2013
Google’s Glass wearable computer have been hacked so video and audio can be transmitted online to anyone.
Hackers have been able to remotely watch and hear everything a wearer does, and today warned ‘nothing is safe once your Glass has been hacked.’
Although Glass does not go on sale to the public until next year, the attack raises major security and privacy questions over Google’s plans for the device.
WHAT COULD IT DO?
Hackers claim that with access to Glass, which is claimed to take just a few minutes with a device to obtain, they could:
Record audio and video at any time
Photograph keys to make copies
Watch online passwords being entered
See and letters being read or written
See door codes being tapped in
‘Once the attacker has root on your Glass, they have much more power than if they had access to your phone or even your computer: they have control over a camera and a microphone that are attached to your head,’ wrote Jay ‘saurik’ Freeman, a well known programmer who has previously developed hacked to bypass security on iPhones and Android handsets.
‘A bugged Glass doesn’t just watch your every move: it watches everything you are looking at (intentionally or furtively) and hears everything you do.
‘The obvious problem, of course, is that you might be using it in fairly private situations.
‘The only thing it doesn’t know are your thoughts.’
The hack uses a known bug in the Android software that runs of the Glass, a modified version of the Android softare also found in Google’s mobile phones.
‘Sadly, due to the way Glass is currently designed, it is particularly susceptible to the kinds of security issues that tend to plague Android devices.
‘The obvious problem, of course, is that you might be using it in fairly private situations.,’ said Freeman.
He also believes the camera could easily reveal other passwords.
‘However, a more subtle issue is that, in a way, it also hacks into every device you interact with, he wrote.
‘It knows all your passwords, for example, as it can watch you type them.
‘It even manages to monitor your usage of otherwise safe, old-fashioned technology: it watches you enter door codes, it takes pictures of your keys, and it records what you write using a pen and paper.
‘Nothing is safe once your Glass has been hacked.’
Google stressed the gadget is not yet available to the public.
‘We recognize the importance of building device-specific protections, and we’re experimenting with solutions as we work to make Glass more broadly available,’ it said in a statement.
‘It’s also important to understand that Glass doesn’t access many parts of a Google Account, including settings or many products.
‘And your personal MyGlass site allows you to change the content that you see on Glass or, if you misplace it, wipe all the data off your device.’
Nick Pickles, director of privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: ‘The danger with Google Glass is that the camera is seeing what you see, all the time, while the microphone allows nearby conversations to be eavesdropped on.
‘It is impossible to guarantee against these devices being hacked, so it would be surprising if people are allowed to wear them anywhere like Government buildings or in businesses that handle sensitive intellectual property.
‘While it’s still dangerous to have a situation where someone could use glass without permission from the other people who are being monitored by the device, the implications of them being controlled by an unknown third party would make phone hacking look like a minor blip.
‘Google Glass offers a uniquely detailed view of your life and your surroundings and while Google’s main interest is selling advertising, there are a whole range of reasons why other people might seek to do all they can to get access to a device.
‘The only way to protect yourself and the people around you is to not wear them.’
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