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The Japanese Innovator Waging Jungle Warfare Against Online Hackers


Earlier this week, we talked about the fast-growing mobile banking trend and the huge threat to America’s national security from cyber attacks.

As technology advances, so, too, will hackers’ ability to breach even the best defenses. For example, governments and many major corporations have already been on the receiving end of cyber attacks.

And while the U.S. government may be failing miserably to formulate a bill that would set out a comprehensive set of cyber security laws, one Japanese innovator is being far more proactive.

Keita Watanabe from Meiji University in Tokyo has devised a system called “cursor camouflage,” which takes a jungle warfare approach to protecting people’s data when they’re banking online.

Now, when it comes to people’s bank accounts, one way that hackers steal personal information is by tracking keystrokes and mouse clicks.

But Watanabe’s clever system gives them the runaround by flooding the computer screen with fake cursors. This completely bamboozles the spyware and malware viruses created to steal the data, so they have no idea which cursor to track for the information.

Even better… the system works against prying eyes – both in the room where the computer is and in cyberspace.

But with multiple cursors on the screen, how do you know which is actually the real one?

Watanabe says, “I found that the person who manipulates the mouse almost immediately identifies the real cursor among 20 dummies, but those peeping over the shoulder can hardly do so.”

With a patent application filed, Watanabe hopes to expand the camouflage technology into other areas.