Using the battery status indicator as a way to keep track of the machine




The researchers discovered Alokadamian Steve Engelhard and Arvind Narayanan of Stanford University and Princeton new method allows to track users via the Internet and infringement on the privacy of users, so that an attacker could use the battery status indicators for tracking devices, according to a new report published by the Guardian newspaper.

The attack takes advantage of the software functions for battery status indicator located under the fifth version of the programming Web pages used within the vast majority of Web sites HTML5 language and operating within Firefox and Google Chrome and Opera browsers.

And allow those functions the software for servers identified several information when you need it, such as the need to send saving a copy of the power of the site where these functions allow the following shipping volume located within the laptop or computer tablet phone or laptop, and the remaining length of time until the shipping ends for overall percentage, as well as to learn whether the device is plugged into the power outlet.

They found that the knowledge of these numbers and combine them provide important information that can be used to track devices through websites that are had or to spy on users, according to the researchers, there are 14 million different composition resulting from battery life as a percentage and time remaining.

The portion worst of this attack is difficult to ease the impact on the user, and difficult to deal with as opposed to the possibility of dealing with the correlation files known as cookies browser, as he can not VPN VPN Software ads withholding AdBlocker to help mitigate the impact, and is considered the only option is the delivery of the device in the socket voltage.

Not available and clear information about whether this method is used by companies with all users routinely, or at specific times, has indicated a lot of protection and security groups to fears about the special status of the battery Routine.

The upper company had announced in May / May last for its users to monitor the battery life of devices and noted the willingness of users to pay higher pricing connect their phones when they are nearing the end of its battery.

No easy way currently available to disable the battery status feature only if the user is using Firefox, and information indicates the aspiration browsers manufacturers to introduce features that allow them to disable this feature is similar to what they have done with the Alerts feature and geographical location.


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