Hackers have revealed that the new wearable computer from Google, Google Glass, can be easily hacked allowing hackers access to private and sensitive information and the potential to control the device as you wear it from a remote location.
A Santa Barbara based programmer has found that the lack of PIN or authentication system on Google Glass makes it particularly vulnerable to hackers.
Jay Freeman said in a blogpost: “Once the attacker has root on your Glass, they have much more power than if they had access to your phone or even your computer: they have control over a camera and a microphone that are attached to your head,”
He added: “A bugged Glass doesn’t just watch your every move: it watches everything you are looking at (intentionally or furtively) and hears everything you do. The only thing it doesn’t know are your thoughts.”
“It knows all your passwords, for example, as it can watch you type them. It even manages to monitor your usage of otherwise safe, old-fashioned technology: it watches you enter door codes, it takes pictures of your keys, and it records what you write using a pen and paper. Nothing is safe once your Glass has been hacked.”
According to Jay Freeman it could take as little as 10 minutes for a hacker to install a rooted version of software onto the Google Glass.
He added: “Sadly, due to the way Glass is currently designed, it is particularly susceptible to the kinds of security issues that tend to plague Android devices,” he writes.
“The one saving grace of Android’s track record on security is that most of the bugs people find in it cannot be exploited while the device is PIN-code locked. Google’s Glass, however, does not have any kind of PIN mechanism: when you turn it on, it is immediately usable.”
For Jay Freeman he believes that the best way to protect users of the Google Glass id to use a PIN code to be able to access it or even better to use a biometric system for access and to protect privacy for users.
A spokesman from Google told The Guardian newspaper in Britain: “We recognize the importance of building device-specific protections, and we’re experimenting with solutions as we work to make Glass more broadly available.”
The future of technology may lie in devices such as the Google Glass but while technology improves so do the means to hack into devices and those in the industry, including Google, will now have to work to beat the hackers.