Augmented Reality Poses Host of Security Issues as Popularity Rises

From Pokemon Go to Microsoft’s Hololens and Google Glass, augmented reality technology is rapidly developing, allowing users to interact with virtual objects in their real world, but experts worry about security issues.

The technology embedded into cars could give visual, audio and haptic feedback to drivers to warn them of dangerous situations or help them navigate. Games using virtual- and augmented-reality goggles, such as the crime mystery drama Fragments, can seemingly place content right in the player’s world. And in the enterprise, employees using augmented reality can work in a space that combines digital content—such as prototypes and even virtual employees—and the real world.

Yet, while the technology is poised to take off, it could bring significant dangers as well. Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute included augmented reality as one of the up-and-coming technologies that could pose significant risks in the next 10 years.

A security breach would allow an attacker to change what you are seeing.  Considering the depth of online data at your fingertips 24 hours a day—and seamlessly integrated into your view of the world— there are also some deep privacy and societal implications.

>>Read more by Robert Lemos, eWeek, 2016-10-30