Google Glass security failings may threaten owner’s privacy

by Charles Arthur, The Guardian  |  published on May 1, 2013

Google Glass
Google Glass, the wearable computer being developed by the search giant, might be a threat to its owners’ privacy because it has no PIN or authentication system, hackers have discovered.

Jay Freeman, a Santa Barbara-based programmer who specialises in cracking smartphone security for both iPhone and Android devices, discovered that Glass has a “root” capability which can be enabled by attaching it to a desktop computer and running some commands.

That would then give a hacker the ability to take control of the Glass’s output – meaning a hacker could monitor everything the owner was doing from a smartphone in their pocket.

“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,” explains Freeman in a blogpost. “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 only thing it doesn’t know are your thoughts.”

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