PowerSpy: Location Tracking using Mobile Device Power Analysis

@inproceedings{Michalevsky2015PowerSpyLT,
  title={PowerSpy: Location Tracking using Mobile Device Power Analysis},
  author={Yan Michalevsky and Gabi Nakibly and Aaron Schulman and Dan Boneh},
  booktitle={USENIX Security Symposium},
  year={2015}
}
Modern mobile platforms like Android enable applications to read aggregate power usage on the phone. This information is considered harmless and reading it requires no user permission or notification. We show that by simply reading the phone’s aggregate power consumption over a period of a few minutes an application can learn information about the user’s location. Aggregate phone power consumption data is extremely noisy due to the multitude of components and applications that simultaneously… CONTINUE READING
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