Security tool Mugshot can secretly take photos of the hacker who is trying to hack you
Have you ever thought who could be hacking you when a service is sending you warning email notifying you that someone is trying to hack your account.
You now have the option of taking a picture of the person who is trying to gain access to the accounts that you have signed up for through the service of password manager, LogMeOnce. It secretly takes a photo by hacking the hacker’s camera that is connected to a computer or mobile device.
On Tuesday, the feature called Mugshot was launched provides you with information of the hacker’s IP address, which is a unique set of numbers that identify each computer on a network as well as the hacker’s location. You can also get a look at the hacker’s surroundings by using the option to take a photo from the rear-facing camera of a mobile device.
Formed in 2011, LogMeOnce, a Fairfax, Va. firm has a patent awaiting on the proprietary technology, which basically tries to protect consumers by uncovering the identities, or at least the place of the hackers. A digital burglar alarm is how the Chief executive Kevin Shahbazi described it in another way.
He said it is “identical to an alarm system that everyone uses to protect their home, business or property only for the digital age.” In the past, Shahbazi who has worked with nanny cams, closed-circuit television cameras, and other security measures compared it to them.
“Hack backs”, wherein you go after after hackers by hacking their systems falls in a legal and moral gray area. An increasing number of businesses and cybersecurity experts say that to reduce the danger posed by anonymous hackers such “active defense” measures are required. However, the private companies cannot hack back on their, as the U.S. government officially does not allow it.
Claiming that his offering is legal, Shahbazi compared it to the cameras that watch over ATMs to nab robbers. It can also be compared to similar location apps, such as “Find my iPhone” used by ordinary consumers that has helped them drag the thieves to the court of justice. However, LogMeOnce is only a step further than the rest, as it brings a more advance hack tracking tool to the people.
“It is very legal to protect your assets, passwords, or access to your online banking credentials” he said. No other personal information on digital trespassers are accumulated by LogMeOnce.
“But, if they use a public library computer, an stolen phone, or their own phone, and try to get into someone else’s account, then we can alert the rightful owner that someone from Ukraine, China or Fairfax, is trying to access their account,” Shahbazi said.
It could provide a measure of satisfaction for those consumers who are able to track the anonymous, faceless hackers who trouble them frequently by taking control of their accounts. This does not mean that you are boosting vigilante justice for hacking. However, this could be helpful, if you find your former acquaintances or a former employee in case of a business owner are accessing your accounts without permission and be used as an evidence for higher officials.
The feature was demonstrated by Shahbazi by imitating an attack on his own account for The Post. His LogMeOnce dashboard showed information about the intruder (in this case Shahbazi), as soon as he hacked a dummy account. The program then provided the option to snap a photo or video of him.
Shahbazi, a serial entrepreneur, who sold his last business to Tech Security Giant McAfee, said that has seen an increase in the number of consumers who are accepting anti-hacking and other security measures. He said, Mugshot was a feature that he was anxious to offer in particular.
“This has been a work of passion,” he said.
There a lot of other effective features that the new software has to offer, such as a password “scorecard” that provides you with a third party opinion on how strong your password really is, a setting where you can change all of your passwords at one go, and a password calculator that will just create a strong password for you. Without the need to give your password to anyone, you can also securely share account access with others. It also gives you the option to appoint a “password beneficiary” to pass on your account access after you are deceased.
In general, Password managers as an option can be thought over by those who are buried under the pressure to manage numerous accounts. Consumers who have become worried about hacks while entrusting more details to the digital world have made several programs such as 1Password, LastPass, Dashlane and others gain popularity. These programs are difficult to set-up and can be tiring, but they provide a lot of convenience once they are operational.
Someday, maybe passwords will be replaced by something different particularly like fingerprint and voice scanning technology that have been emerged touted as replacements for the passwords. Apple’s Touch ID and fingerprint readers on Android phones are examples of this option. However, password managers until then are an option to think about by everyone, as they create more accounts.
Resource: Washington Post