Shoulder Surfing Keys
Here's a criminal who "stole" keys, the physical metal ones, by examining images of them being used:
He surreptitiously videotaped letter carriers as they opened the boxes, zooming in on their keys. Lau used those images to calculate measurements for the grooves in the keys and created brass duplicates.
"The FBI is not aware of anything else like this," bureau spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.
Technology causes security imbalances. Sometimes those imbalances favor the defender, and sometimes they favor the attacker. What we have here is a new application of a technology by an attacker.
Posted on September 7, 2005 at 11:35 AM • 29 Comments