E&T news story: malware converts microphone-free computers in to eavesdropping devices
A cyber security news story from E&T online
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.