E&T news story: malware converts microphone-free computers in to eavesdropping devices

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Nov 23, 2016
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Laptops or desktops can now be remotely compromised and used by hackers to eavesdrop on their owners, even if the devices do not contain microphones.

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel have developed malware that covertly transforms headphones into a pair of microphones

They have demonstrated how most PCs are susceptible to this type of attack, which uses a programme called SPEAKE(a)R to manipulate the hardware in the headphones.

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