Flir One iPhone Case Could Help Criminals Steal ATM Pins

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We had the chance to experience the Flir One iPhone 5s case at CES 2014 and it has a world of great uses. From homeowners and contractors looking for heating and cooling issues in their homes to checking to see if your child has a fever or for finding mechanical hotspots in computers. Flir’s specialty is thermal imaging and they have been doing this for a long time. One of Flir’s biggest contracts is with the government and a lot of Flir’s equipment falls into export control laws which govern the sale of their equipment in and outside the US. Check out Flir’s teaser video below to get an idea of what the company intends the product to be used for.

Now there is a new video out detailing how criminals can steal your ATM pin code with this technology. A lot of what Mark Rober explains in the video is very possible and could occur in the real world. With this being new tech we can’t put a metric on the occurrences of such a method but anything is possible. Personally I wouldn’t worry too much about it, but then I am not much about tin foil hats so you’ll have to draw your own conclusions and proceed according to them. The method Mark mentions in the video to make sure the Flir One can’t see your thermal signature is a good one but you could also simply use the supplied ATM stylus to punch in your pin. Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

  Source: Flir Website
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