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Accelerometer IDs Smartphones in Seconds

Hristo Bojinov, Stanford University

Stanford PhD candidate, Hristo Bojinov, seen reflected in his Samsung Galaxy Nexus, is working on a means to identify specific phones based on unique fingerprints of the device's microphone and accelerometer. His concerns for the public are that advertisers will use the information to profile phone users. He is shown here in his office in Palo Alto, Calif., on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

Credit: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle

One afternoon late last month, security researcher Hristo Bojinov placed his Galaxy Nexus phone face up on the table in a cramped Palo Alto conference room. Then he flipped it over and waited another beat.

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