Hackers can use YouTube videos to hijack your smartphone.

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  1. BigBird's Avatar

    BigBird said:

    Default Hackers can use YouTube videos to hijack your smartphone.

    This could potentially affect any device that uses voice commands, although is mainly aimed at mobile phone users (all platforms). I wonder if it's worth adding a 'Mobile Security' section to the 'Mobile Phones, Tablets and other Gadgets section'? as that would have been more appropriate at this time, although I can foresee more computer users installing voice command software in the future. Even if the system allows the user to customise the voice command wording for any particular task, most people will stick with the default which makes it easier for hackers. (">

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  2. Mule's Avatar

    Mule said:

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    I don't know why you'd listen to something with a messed up voice like that as the sound.

    I can't see this as a viable threat to be honest.
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    BigBird said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mule View Post
    I don't know why you'd listen to something with a messed up voice like that as the sound.

    I can't see this as a viable threat to be honest.
    Well you obviously wouldn't want to listen to something messed up like that but when embedded in a video that you are interested in watching you would probably dismiss it as a slight glitch and ignore it the first few times, and by then its too late and you have malware secretly installed on your device. You wouldn't recognise it as a command but your device would. The garbled command only lasts a second and only needs to happen three or four times during a three minute video. If it was an instructional video like 'how to clean the fan on your overheating laptop' most people would ignore it because they would still be getting the instructions they need to get the job done. Either from voice instructions (with the garbled message appearing in between sentences), or from on screen text. As their laptop is being taken apart to clean the fan it's quite feasible that they would be watching the YouTube instructional video on their mobile phone. I certainly wouldn't dismiss the possibility of something like this. (">
     
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    DJ Overdose said:

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    Load of wank if you ask me...

    Voice commands don't always work in normal circumstances let alone on some twatty youtube video.

    These "pen testers and "security experts" are clutching at straws a bit


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  5. Mule's Avatar

    Mule said:

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    Just tested this on my tablet btw, didn't work even without background noise.
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    Northernbloke said:

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    If only Black Oracle was here to share his expertise.......

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    DJ Overdose said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northernbloke View Post
    If only Black Oracle was here to share his expertise.......

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    Maybe he is ...


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  8. BigBird's Avatar

    BigBird said:

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    There are other sources of information about the possibility of hacking a mobile device using the voice command interface. Here is one that mentions using silent radio waves. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    May be some exaggeration in the articles to make news but it has apparently been researched by people who should know what they are talking about. As we know, with new technology that makes our life easier comes new ways for hackers to get at our private information. (">
     
  9. Mule's Avatar

    Mule said:

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    That's the same people.
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    piggzy said:

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    To be fair if you don't want your private information getting out, don't have a phone and don't use the internet. It's the only way.

    If "they" want your info, they will get it.
     
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    Rhinoz said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by piggzy View Post
    To be fair if you don't want your private information getting out, don't have a phone and don't use the internet. It's the only way.

    If "they" want your info, they will get it.
    I agree, same for a car, if you don't want your car stolen don't own one because if someone really wants it they will get it no matter what just like the info on your mobile phone.

    All you can do is slow them down or put in a deterant so that they go to an easier victim.