A little-reported (at first) bit of research presented at this month’s Usenix conference makes the startling claim that consumer-grade EEG-based interface devices – like Emotiv and NeuroSky headsets – could be used to gain private information from users.This neatly captures the nexus of gee wizz - nothing to see move along - quick Robbin to the hypemobile that keeps the industry perennially young. I can't see anything to worry about here, and I've been trained to be paranoid by the finest minds in the Free World.
The combination of sexy gadget and sci-fi attack was too much for the hipsters over at ExtremeTech, with the headline “Hackers backdoor the human brain”, and CrazyEngineers, which took an axe to language with “Hackers Unauthorizedly Access Human Brain”.
1. A consumer peripheral doesn’t secure its communications with its host (other peripherals that use unsecured communications include your keyboard, mouse, and headphones).Actually, what the researchers demonstrate might be considered unremarkable when you deconstruct it:
2. These particular peripherals actually do what the package says they do.
But hey, we have two way TVs and hackers recreating Neuromancer! It's livin' large, in the future!
Pedants can read the actual presentation here.