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A neural network helped researchers crack smartphone PINs using built-in motion sensors

A simple exploit could guess a four-digit security code with surprising accuracy
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Time to start using your fingerprint reader?

Modern smartphones have a wealth of sensors inside, from accelerometers to gyroscopes. While sensors like these make the phones more powerful—allowing you to use your phone’s orientation as an input mechanism in a video game, for example—they also present a potential way for hackers to figure out a four-digit pin

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