Data-stealing ‘smart dust’ – should we be worried?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A journalist contacted me yesterday to ask my opinions on a possible future security threat – smart dust.

According to the “Life and How We’ll Live It” Futurizon report, commissioned by Fujitsu, criminals bent on stealing your data might start resorting to infiltrating your business and home by sprinkling super-smart dust over your computers.

The report explains that the smart dust will allow sensitive data to be intercepted, and even altered, after it is introduced into the workplace through ventilation systems.

Soon, tiny specks of smart dust dropped through ventilation grills on office equipment will allow interception of data before it even gets to an encryption device. Slightly cleverer smart dust could even allow documents to be subtly altered while they are being printed. Detection of such devices might prove difficult.

Sadly, futurologist Ian Pearson – whose…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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