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“Your Headphones Can Be Hijacked And Used To Spy On You” – Forbes

November 30, 2016

More and more people are donning ear buds or wireless headphones as they walk down the street or commute in their daily travels. They give a sense of “privacy” that says, “Don’t bother me.” Well, those hallowed headsets may be more of a dead giveaway to your whereabouts and activities than you could ever have imagined, according to this report in Forbes headphones

“Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have demonstrated proof-of-concept malware that can turn headphones and non-powered speakers into microphones.A pair of ordinary ear buds worked so well as a microphone that they were able to record clear audio of a man’s voice who was standing 20 feet away from the computer.”

The researchers warn that “there’s no easy software fix. This isn’t a traditional vulnerability” they warn. “The ability to change a jack’s function from input to output is a piece of core functionality in (these) chips.” Read more …


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