EEG-Headset.jpgEEG is an electrophysiological monitoring method to record the electrical activity of the brain. These headsets allow people to make a ball float in front of them, simply by using their brainwaves. EEG, however, is most often used to diagnose epilepsy, by being able to sense abnormalities in the brain.

Hackers and Brainwaves?

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggest that brainwave-sensing headsets, known as EEG (electroencephalograph) headsets, need better protection and security. A recent study revealed hackers could guess a user’s password by monitoring their brainwaves. How jaw-dropping is this? Now we need to worry about hackers hacking our brains?

What Does This Mean?

In a real-world attack, if more and more people begin utilizing these headsets for gameplay, Virtual Reality, and/or school or work a hacker could facilitate the step required for the malicious program to be initiated through the headset. This program begins by requesting that the user enter a predefined set of numbers to restart the game/program being played or used, after pausing it to take a break, like the way CAPTCHA is used to verify users when logging onto websites. Hackers are becoming more creative as well as dangerous. Understanding how to protect yourself has never been more relevant.