Google Glass – a wearable computer that is being dubbed simply as “the future” – rests on the user’s face like a pair of eyeglasses and can take photos, translate phrases, and even offer directions, among other perks.
The device, which is scheduled to be released next year, uses a small glass cube suspended over the wearer’s right eye to make such capabilities possible.
However, a security glitch in the early version of the internet-connected glasses could have allowed hackers the opportunity to watch the wearer’s each and every move – quite literally.
Software developer Jay Freeman, who was one of the initial Glass adopters selected by Google to test the device, recently announced he unearthed a way for hackers to install malicious software in the glasses as a way to conduct surveillance on users.
Despite its perks, Freeman notes Google Glass is susceptible to a number of issues in his recent blog about the product.
By compromising the headset using a known vulnerability in Google’s Android software, hackers would be granted even greater access to a user’s privacy than if they had just bypassed security on a phone or computer.
"They have control over a camera and a microphone that are attached to your head," he said. "A bugged Glass doesn't just watch your every move: it watches everything you are looking at ... and hears everything you do. The only thing it doesn't know are your thoughts."
Glass also lacks a PIN code to lock the device, meaning a hacker could first install malware on the headset and later use that malware to watch users type their passwords for internet applications.
"Nothing is safe once your Glass has been hacked," Freeman said.
In lieu of these issues, Google has created a website called MyGlass that allows owners to change the content they see on the device or to wipe data from the headset if it's ever lost, stolen, or hacked.
"We recognize the importance of building device-specific protections, and we’re experimenting with solutions as we work to make Glass more broadly available," a Google spokesman wrote in an email.
Sources: Huffington Post