Hackers could get inside your BRAIN: Experts warn of growing threat from monitoring and controlling neural signals

Brain-computer Interfaces (BCIs) are widely used in the medical field, other industries and now hackers. Researchers say that time is running out and officials need to employ a privacy and security framework to stop those who would use our own brains against us

Brain-computer Interfaces (BCIs) are widely used in the medical field, other industries and now hackers. Researchers say that time is running out and officials need to employ a privacy and security framework to stop those who would use our own brains against us

  • Hackers placed images in apps and record your brain’s response with BCIs

  • Could find out anything from religious beliefs to sexual orientation

  • May one day be used by advertisers, police and government

Cyberthieves might be mining personal information from your brainwaves at this very moment.

And although this may sound like a plot from a science fiction film, it is a growing concern among researchers who have demanded officials implement a privacy and security framework to block hackers from reading our neural signals.

Experts at the University of Washington have revealed how hackerscould inserting images into dodgy apps and recording our brain’s unintentional reaction using brain-computer interfaces.

Brain-computer Interfaces (BCIs) are widely used in the medical field and other industries, including marketing, gaming and entertainment.

Although this technology was initially created to improve and enhance the quality of human lives, in the wrong hands it will wreak havoc on them.

Researchers at the University of Washington say that time is running out and officials need to employ a privacy and security framework to stop those who would use our own brains against us, reports Motherboard.

‘There’s actually very little time,’ electrical engineer Howard Chizeck told Victoria Turk with Motherboard over Skype.

‘If we don’t address this quickly, it’ll be too late.’

Chizeck and fellow engineer Tamara Bonaci are conducting hacking research that includes the use of BCIs, combined with subliminal messages inserted into video games to gather users’ private information.

For example, when playing a video game users may see logos of familiar brands pop-up on the screen that just vanish.

HOW CAN CYBERTHIEVES HACK OUR BRAINS?

Experts at the University of Washington reveal hackers are inserting images into dodgy apps and recording our brain’s unintentional reaction using brain-computer interfaces.

For example, when playing a video game users may see logos of familiar brands pop-up on the screen that just vanish.

Hackers put those images in the game and they were recording your ‘brain’s unintentional response to them’ using a BCI, which can be a wearable that monitors stress levels or a cap covered in electrodes.

This technology could one day be used by advertisers to gather more information about their customers.

Also, police officers and government officials could use this method to convict criminals or as a ‘remote lie detector test’.

It wasn’t your eyes playing tricks on you, hackers put those images in the game and they were recording your ‘brain’s unintentional response to them’ using a BCI, which can be a wearable that monitors stress levels or a cap covered in electrodes.

And hackers won’t just stop at narrowing down your favorite retailer.

 Chizeck also explained that it isn't the invisible hackers that reap the benefits (pictured is a hacked BCI system) of this technology, police officers and government agencies could also use it to convict someone or as a 'remote lie detector', he said

WHAT ARE BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACES?

Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are communication systems that link the brain to the outside world, which includes fitness bands, game controllers, a cap fitted with electrodes, among others.

When using this technology, a person’s ‘message’ does not take the same normal path of peripheral nerves and muscle, but are encoded in electrophysiological signals – such as electroencephalograms (EEG).

The technology was initial developed to assist with the growing disabled population.

The first BCI was developed in the 1970s, but has since been developed for assistance, augmentation and repair of cognitive and sensorimotor capabilities of people with severe neuromuscular disorders, such as spinal cord injuries or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

But most recently, BCIs have found their way into fiction, gaming, entertainment and marketing.

There are currently several consumer-grade BCI-based systems: Emotive System, NeuroSky and gtec Medical Engineering.

The supported applications can broadly be classified into: accessibility tools, such as mindcontrolled mouse and keyboard, hands-free arcade games, such as Brain Bats, mind-controlled Pong game and “serious games”, games with purpose other than pure entertainment, such as attention and memory training.

Source: University of Washington 

These cyberthieves can find out what political party you affiliate with, religious beliefs or sexual orientation – things that could one day be used to damage your reputation.

‘Broadly speaking, the problem with brain-computer interfaces is that, with most of the devices these days, when you’re picking up electric signals to control an application… the application is not only getting access to the useful piece of EEG needed to control that app; it’s also getting access to the whole EEG,’ explained Bonaci.

‘And that whole EEG signal contains rich information about us as persons.’

Chizeck also explained that it isn’t the invisible hackers that reap the benefits of this technology, police officers and government agencies could also gather information about someone in order to convict them or use as a ‘remote lie detector’, he said…

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One thought on “Hackers could get inside your BRAIN: Experts warn of growing threat from monitoring and controlling neural signals

  1. I am currently a victim of Remote Neural Monitoring. The lady lives above me and shocks my brain and suppresses my temporal lobe activity. I have contacted the police but she still continues. Excluding moving, what recommendations do you have?

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