Covering the Keypad Won’t Protect Your Credit Card Pin from Deep Learning Algorithms

Everyone knows that you need to cover the keypad when you are putting your credit card pin in because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up preventing anyone from being able to find out what your pin is and use it to access your account.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that deep learning algorithms and AI are changing things in a lot of places, and researchers have found out that they can be trained to guess ATM card pins with 41% accuracy even if you are covering the keypad with your hand.

The way this works is that details about the keypad including the spaces between the keys is fed into the algorithm. After this, the machine is taught about the probabilities of which pads are being pressed by viewing videos showing people putting their pins in.

One thing to note is that the machine required to do a job like this is very advanced to say the least. It uses a 128GB RAM which is not something that an average person is going to be able to gain access to, but someone with enough motivation could fairly easily set a machine like this up and use it to get whatever it is that they want.

This proves the importance of ensuring security from multiple standpoints. AI is advancing highly rapidly, and this means that there will always be something or the other that poses a risk. Since this is something to do with finances, various institutions are going to want to prepare for the eventual AI induced pin hacking epidemic, and put protocols in place that would prevent such things from occurring in the first place all in all.

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