Scared of identity theft? Well, its time to be even more afraid. Researchers at the University of California, University of Oxford and University of Geneva have figured out a way to identify sensitive information (for example banking PIN numbers) by hacking into ones mind using off the shelf technology.
Their using Emotiv‘s EPOC, a common relatively inexpensive device which allows users to interact with their computers by thought, often used in gaming. The scientists derive information by placing their subjects in front of a computer displaying them images of banks, people, PIN numbers etc. While the test subject is watching the images the researchers track signals from the brain. Apparently the team found that they could identify a subjects first digit of their banking PIN number 40% of the time. Creepy.