Mail Online
October 19, 2011

An iPhone can be turned into a ‘SpiPhone’ as it can decipher vibrations to record what is being typed on a nearby computer keyboard, it has been revealed.

Millions every day place their mobile on their desk at work but in fact this could be hijacked by hackers to track what they write in e-mails or sensitive documents.

A research team at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States has discovered how to do it using a smartphone accelerometer – the internal device that detects when and how the phone is tilted.

They have found it can be harnessed to sense keyboard vibrations and decipher complete sentences with up to 80 percent accuracy, and the iPhone is best at it.

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