New insider attack steals passwords by reading thermal energy from keyboards

A new approach harvesting thermal energy can illuminate the recently pressed keys after-the-fact. The Thermanator is a new insider 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. The same research team also recently developed a novel technique aimed at mitigating Lunchtime Attacks Such attacks occur when an insider adversary takes over an authenticated state of a careless user who has left his or her computer unattended.


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