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VR Headsets Are Vulnerable to Hackers

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Wearing a virtual reality headset.

If you take a break from a virtual game to check your Facebook messages by air-typing the password on a virtual keyboard generated by the headset, the spyware could capture your password.

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Computer scientists at the University of California, Riverside found hackers can translate the movements of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headset users into words using spyware and artificial intelligence.

In one example, spyware used a headset user's motions to record their Facebook password as they air-typed it on a virtual keyboard.

Spies also could potentially access a user's actions during virtual meetings involving confidential information by interpreting body movements.

One exploit showed hackers retrieving a target's hand gestures, voice commands, and keystrokes on a virtual keyboard with over 90% accuracy.

Researchers also developed a system called TyPose that uses machine learning to extract AR/VR users' head motions to deduce words or characters they are typing.

From UC Riverside News
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