iPhone ATM PIN code hack

There is now a way from people to steal your ATM PIN code. All it takes is a add on to your phone. What this add on does is that it makes your camera on your phone inferred. This means that you can now see the heat signature’s of things through your camera. How this is a problem is that after someone types their PIN in a ATM if you walk up and take a picture of the keypad with this inferred camera you can see what keys they pressed before they left. You can also tell for the most part in what order the keys where pressed by how bright the color that is left. There is only 2 ways that you can protect yourself from this. One thing that would make this difficult would be if the PIN had the same number in it 2 or more times. The other would be rub you hand on the keypad after you are done putting in you PIN so that the heat of your hand would get on all of the keys making it impossible to know which ones you really used. There is a 80% accuracy if the image was taken right after the PIN was typed in. After 1 minute there is about a 50% of getting the PIN right. The case that has the infrared camera on it is only about 200$ and you can get it at any Apple store. Also this does not work on metal keypads because it reflects and dissipates the heat to fast. Rubber and plastic keypads work the best for retaining the heat signature.

Adobe Breach

In 2013 Adobe experienced a breach that Adobe claimed affected over 38 million people in which large amounts of account information was compromised. Account information such as user names, passwords, and credit and debit card information was compromised during the break in. The credit and debit card information that was hacked, Adobe claims that it was encrypted information and they also claim that only 2.9 million people had their encrypted debit and/or credit card information stolen. For those people that had their information stolen, Adobe is offering a 1 year credit monitoring free of charge and is also notify banks to be cautious of strange purchases. The break in affected almost all adobe systems, including but not limited to: Reader, Photoshop, Acrobat, etc. The hack was not made aware to the public until October of 2013. The weekend following the public announcement a file was released that appeared to show that over 150 million Adobe user had had their information stolen. Adobe responded to this be emailing all active users of affected accounts with procedures on how to reset their passwords and reset passwords and notified the users of non-active accounts. Source codes from Acrobat, Reader, Cold Fusion, and Photoshop were also stolen during the breach. Ireland’s Office of Data Protection immediately began to aid Adobe and authorities in trying to trace this breach and find out exactly how many were affected and how much information was exactly compromised.






Steve Bochenski