August 27, 2012
SCIENTISTS have discovered a way to hack the human brain using a headset that you can buy off the shelf.
The Emotiv BCI headset only costs US$299 ($184) and can be used to play video games, as a hands-free keyboard or to assist in relaxation training.
It has been used to assist mentally and physically disabled people operate a wheelchair and to communicate online.
The data from the devices are also used by app developers. But researchers from the Universities of Oxford, California and Geneva proved that the same technology can also be used to help in getting access to anything from what bank you use, to your credit card pin and your home address.
A group of computer science students participated in a study that they were told related to security. The students were equipped with the headset and were shown images of things such as banks, credit card numbers, bank pins and maps. The students were unaware that their brains were being hacked for information.