Researcher performed at Newcastle University claims to have found a method to stop pedophiles in their tracks. By analyzing keystrokes, researchers claim to be able to determine the age, cultural background and sex of the user.
Professor Roy Maxion, an American, says that within 10 keystrokes, he can determine a user’s age, sex and what culture they come from. Phil Butler, a former police detective and head of the Cyber Crime and Computer Security department at the university, believes that this new technique could be used to root out pedophiles in online interactions.
“[Maxion] can now identify anyone using a keyboard within a 95 per cent accuracy within ten keystrokes,“ he said. “As soon as you type ten numbers or letters he can work out your sex, your culture, your age and whether you have any hand injuries.“
Maxion’s technique monitors the rhythm and speed of a user as they type based on research with 50 test subjects. The research revealed that women tend to type faster and more fluidly while men are more “heavy handed.”