Scientists Create an Ultra Secure Subconcious-based Password System

By Jason Fitzpatrick on July 23rd, 2012

A group of neuroscientists and cryptographers have created a way to generate a complex and secure password that is stored in the user’s subconscious memory, making it essentially immune to extraction by coercion.

The system hinges on the principle of implicit learning, wherein your mind learns new information and patterns but in a fashion which you don’t consciously recall learning the information. To facilitate this process, the researchers created a simple video game with an interface like the popular game Guitar Hero. Participants in the study played the game, effectively learning a specific set of notes/keys that was hidden within the game sequence. Because of the prior practice and exposure, the participants would then consistently perform better on their specific key sequence than other key sequences in the future, effectively authenticating themselves via the implicit learning that had taken place. It’s as if everyone ran a difference version of a maze and then, in the future, did the best on sections of a randomly constructed maze that resembled their training maze.

Hit up the link below for the full white paper on the topic.

Designing Crypto Primitives Secure Against Rubber Hose Attacks (PDF) [via Extreme Tech]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/23/12
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