Your e-DNA May Be The Next Security Frontier For Hackers To Exploit

It goes without saying that technology can be amazing, but at the same time, some aspects of it can be downright scary. The latest example of that comes from Oxford, where a team of researchers have developed "e-DNA", a foolproof solution, they claim, that can single you out on the Internet. Like our real DNA, our e-DNA is composed of many bits of information that makes us truly unique. The kicker? No software has to be installed, and it doesn't matter which computing device you use.

Oxford's researchers consider its e-DNA mechanic, which uses their "biochronometric technology", as impenetrable. In fact, they'd be able to tell if you've taken drugs or had sex, or if you've merely had too many drinks one night. Think about that. They can tell if you've had sex or are drunk simply by how you're using your computer. That's both incredible and frightening.

To its credit, e-DNA's researchers state that they have absolutely no plans to exploit sensitive data on people like that - it merely mentions that it has the capability to notice minor changes because of how accurate it is. Oxford's Adrian Neal says, "Like DNA it is almost impossible to fake, as it is very hard to go online and not be yourself. It is as huge a jump in the amount of information that could be gathered about an individual as the jump from fingerprints to DNA. It is that order of magnitude."

There are a number of useful things that can come from e-DNA, such as prevention of identity theft, a vast reduction in message spam, and potentially, a finer-tuned computing experience. If your PC knows it's you at the chair, it could spawn a number of customization possibilities from the OS to the Internet.

For website owners, this technology would help prevent ad-click skew. It's estimated that 90-92% of ad clicks and 95% of logins are usually from bots, so the benefits here are pretty obvious. Ads aside though, the fact that this technology can easily detect bots could be a huge boon to website owners and users alike - who out there isn't tired of those "My mother makes $XXXX per month" scams that clutter up comment sections?

Of course, while this might sound good on paper, there is of course the potential for exploitation. Oxford is adamant about our e-DNAs being 100% unique to us, but that database of information has to be stored somewhere, and because it is, it runs the risk of being accessed and used. Picture for example a piece of software that specifically loads an e-DNA profile and mimics computer use. If e-DNA is all that's required to log into a bank website, for example, you can probably understand why this is yet another scary thought to toss onto the pile.

Personally, I think we're fine without e-DNA, as impressive as the technology is.

Via:  Oxford
Comments
ThomasTaege 4 months ago

That is insane! Really really cool and has a ton of potential to make computing even more advanced and unique, but also super scary as the threat potential rises as well.

Rosec14 4 months ago

I'm not sure I believe this. I've been wrong before, this just seems a little farfetched though.

DennisWilliams 4 months ago

I'm with you on this. I am very skeptical about their ability to tell if you've been drinking or just had sex based on how you use computer. I know they can tell what you are doing online but to be able to tell what you have been doing off line sounds very far fetched.

JamesEzell 4 months ago

At this point I don't believe they have much to gain.

PeterTsalamandris 4 months ago

Tell me about it. As if all the IP abusers haven't been enough of a hassle or enough of a nuisance and waste of time and life each day as the nonsense tires out their victims fully while making tasks, duties, and life near impossible to be more near completion, as if that word exists in some tasks and duties. It isn't scary for the truth has more might than any of the scary those hacker idiot are ever able to muster up with their despicable and foul ways of being as each of their lives is spent on being two-faced and multi-faced scoundrels who are borderline terrorists as their acts against computers and systems is a full attempt to halt and thwart everything and everyone. Shame on the loser hackers. Shame on their faces, shame on them whole as they are each fraudsters, liars, manipulators, and word twisters as if someone who is able to read through them and intentions whole doesn't exist.

CliffVincent 4 months ago

lol ill bet it would think i was pregnant and grew 4 inches taller over night every night

BVega 4 months ago

What about my E-Penis?

thabusdriv3r 4 months ago

e-DNA? Can this be inherited to my kids or grandkids, lolz.

MapleLeafMachinegun 4 months ago

You do know not all hackers are out to destroy right ?

PeterTsalamandris 4 months ago

Information stealers, programs glitchers, software loopholes exploiters are out to destroy. To create the problems as to be the reason to be the end of the problems is the way most of them are as if they are of any real use and value to people. I have said it once, and I shall say it always. None of them are Captain Zap.

PeterTsalamandris 4 months ago

The last hacker/glitcher in a video game, I ran into really upset me and really spoiled a great game for me. After I had almost forgotten all about the 100s of other hackers/glitchers I had encountered who only prove their weakness and no skills abilities.

VulgumTechus 4 months ago

Probably using all the datas that can be collected with Flash and JavaScript regarding plugins and fonts installed on your system along with http header information including user agent. Cookies also are a huge source of information. It make your eDNA pretty unique but can be easily defeated with a virtual machine, a proxy and a cookie killer. More of that at https://panopticlick.eff.org/

kalqlate 4 months ago

You misunderstand. It's about HOW you use your computer, not necessarily about what is on your computer or what websites you're visiting. Mainly, it's how you're typing, clicking, moving your mouse or finger, and the various associated timings.

inspector 4 months ago

Thats kinda freaky if they actually can do all that. I mean by how or what you do online, it can be connected with how you feel. :/ Don't know how to feel about this lol.

MADSKILLZ412 3 months ago

As technology becomes better and better the potential for harm also rises. It's a trade off for the amazing technology we get today.

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