Hackers Can Silently Control Siri

It's Episode 18 of the Myki Security Report, and here is the latest in Cyber Security and Hacking news:

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Hackers Can Silently Control Siri

What if your smartphone starts making calls, sending text messages, and browsing websites without even asking you?

A team of security researchers from China's Zhejiang University have discovered a clever way of activating voice recognition systems like Siri without saying a word, by exploiting a security vulnerability that is common across all major voice assistants.

Dubbed the DolphinAttack, it works by feeding the voice assistants commands in ultrasonic frequencies, which are too high for humans to hear but perfectly audible to the microphones on your smart devices.

The DolphinAttack works on just about anything including Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa, and on devices such as smartphones, iPads, MacBooks, and Amazon Echo - a total of 16 devices and 7 systems.

The hacker can do many things including:

  • Initiate video or phone calls
  • Send fake text messages or emails
  • Publish fake online posts
  • Add fake events to a calendar.
  • Turn on 'Airplane Mode
  • Unlock your door if you have a smart lock connected

How can you prevent DolphinAttacks? A quick solution is to turn off voice assistant apps until an official patch lands for your device.

Europe's New Employee Monitoring Rules

Finally, European companies must inform employees in advance if their work email accounts are being monitored.

The European Court of Human Rights overturned an earlier ruling that gave employers the right to spy on workplace communications. The ruling will now become law in 47 countries.

In a Q & A section on its website, the European Court of Human Rights says that the new law doesn't mean that companies can't monitor their employee’s communications at workplace, it explains that employers must inform their staff in advance if their communications are being monitored, and that the monitoring must be carried out for legitimate purposes.


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