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Xbox Kinect Malware created by Indian Researchers

A 15year old Indian security researcher ‘Shantanu Gawde’ from MalCon Research has created a malware that utilizes the Microsoft xbox kinect controller.

The Indian researcher from MalCon created a malware that utlises Microsoft Kinect to secretly capture pictures and upload them to a picasa account.

In recent months, there have been a number of innovative Kinect hacks that make use of the Kinect, using both Open source drivers and the Kinect SDK.

The malware, code-named ‘gawde’ after its creators name, works on Windows 7 to secretly capture pictures of the victim / surroundings from a connected Kinect device and uploads them to a picasa account.

Rajshekhar Murthy, Director at ISAC, (Information Sharing and Anaysis Center), a scientific non-profit body that holds the International Malware Conference, MalCon said. “We believe that in coming years, a lot of windows based applications will be developed for Kinect and the device will gain further immense popularity and acceptance- and from a perspective of an attacker, such a popular device can be an exciting target for visual and audio intelligence. At MalCon research labs, we promote proactive security research and the malware utilizing Kinect is only a proof of concept. ”

The Kinect malware ‘gawde’ goes a step ahead and even uses voice recognition to execute a program based on keyword, without the knowledge of the victim. The malware proof of concept (PoC) will be demonstrated at the upcoming MalCon 2011 in Mumbai, India.