Scary Android Malware Story
This story sounds pretty scary:
Developed by Robert Templeman at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indiana and a few buddies from Indiana University, PlaceRader hijacks your phone's camera and takes a series of secret photographs, recording the time, and the phone's orientation and location with each shot. Using that information, it can reliably build a 3D model of your home or office, and let cyber-intruders comb it for personal information like passwords on sticky notes, bank statements laying out on the coffee table, or anything else you might have lying around that could wind up the target of a raid on a later date.
It's just a demo, of course. but it's easy to imagine what this could mean in the hands of criminals.
Yes, I get that this is bad. But it seems to be a mashup of two things. One, the increasing technical capability to stitch together a series of photographs into a three-dimensional model. And two, an Android bug that allows someone to remotely and surreptitiously take pictures and then upload them. The first thing isn't a problem, and it isn't going away. The second is bad, irrespective of what else is going on.
EDITED TO ADD (10/1): I mistakenly wrote this up as an iPhone story. It's about the Android phone. Apologies.
Posted on October 1, 2012 at 6:52 AM • 46 Comments