Brain Hacking: Your Thoughts Aren’t as Private as You Believe

  • April 7, 2015
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Brain Hacking: Your Thoughts Aren’t as Private as You Believe

Modern electronic technology has changed a lot over the last few years. For instance, BCI (Brain Computer Interfaces) have become popular because of the video games that have been developed by the entertainment and gaming industries. Consumer-grade BCIs are now available for very reasonable prices and are used for a variety of different applications. As anyone savvy with current technology knows, there are now application stores where you have access to APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that have been designed to interface and collect data from a BCI device. And all of this technology has led to what we call, brain hacking.

Brain Hacking Revealed Through Scientific Research

In 2008, a neuroscience research company by the name of, NeuroFocus, was bought by The Nielsen Company (a leading global information and research company). NeuroFocus developed an EEG-based BCI called Mynd. At the time they stated (see the Martinovic PDF):

“…market researchers will be able to capture the highest
quality data on consumers’ deep subconscious responses
in real time wirelessly, revolutionizing mobile in-market
research and media consumption at home.”

Using this new technology, scientific studies were conducted by researchers at the University of California in Berkley and the University of Oxford in Geneva. The researchers wondered if they could access secret personal data stored on a person’s brain by using EEG-based BCI devices. The specific data they were interested in was secret information such as: bank accounts, bank cards, PIN numbers, areas of living, the knowledge of known persons, etc.

Results of Brain Hacking Scientific Studies

The initial testing, which took place back in 2012, showed significantly positive results that the conclusion of the researchers was that as technology in the quality of EEG-based BCI devices increased, the success rates of attacks to obtain secret information from brain hacking would also increase. Their conclusion was that the development of new brain hacking attacks could be accomplished with relative ease and would only be limited by the attacker’s creativity.

It seems that brain hacking is another serious threat to our security now and in the future.

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