New Malware Uses the Smartphone Camera and GPS to Track People


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Researchers from Indiana University, U.S., have developed a new type of malware that uses the camera, GPS and sensors of Android smartphones to find the location of their users. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the program, called Raider Place, was designed to be used by the army in rescue situations or to steal confidential information of gangsters.

The Raider Place is capable of capturing images with a camera phone to silent, besides marking the almost exact time and location of your smartphone using GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope. The data are forwarded to a central server and combined to build a 3D model of the room where the appliance is located. The software is still able to obtain financial data, barcodes and QR Codes making the phone control distance.

Because the program is only a project developed in the laboratory that cannot infect anyone, it is not exactly considered a malware. But in the wrong hands and letting it penetrate into the Internet, the Raider Place could become a very dangerous weapon.



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