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July 5, 2018

Bleeping Computer

Thermanator Attack Steals Passwords by Reading Thermal Residue on Keyboards

A person's fingers leave thermal residue on keyboard keys that a malicious observer could record and later determine the text a user has entered on the keyboard, according to a recently published research paper by three scientists from the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

"It’s a new attack that allows someone with a mid-range thermal camera to capture keys pressed on a normal keyboard, up to one minute after the victim enters them," says UCI Computer Science Professor Gene Tsudik, one of the three researchers who worked on the paper.

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Thermanator Attack Steals Passwords by Reading Thermal Residue on Keyboards


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