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Hackers Can Silently Control Siri, Alexa & Other Voice Assistants Using Ultrasound

Hackers Can Silently Control Siri, Alexa & Other Voice Assistants Using Ultrasound

September 07, 2017Swati Khandelwal
What if your smartphone starts making calls, sending text messages, and browsing malicious websites on the Internet itself without even asking you? This is no imaginations, as hackers can make this possible using your smartphone's personal assistant like Siri or Google Now. A team of security researchers from China's Zhejiang University have discovered a clever way of activating your voice recognition systems without speaking a word by exploiting a security vulnerability that is apparently common across all major voice assistants. DolphinAttack (Demo): How It Works Dubbed DolphinAttack , the attack technique works by feeding the AI assistants commands in ultrasonic frequencies, which are too high for humans to hear but are perfectly audible to the microphones on your smart devices. With this technique, cyber criminals can "silently" whisper commands into your smartphones to hijack Siri and Alexa, and could force them to open malicious websites and even
Hackers Can Use Radio-waves to Control Your Smartphone From 16 Feet Away

Hackers Can Use Radio-waves to Control Your Smartphone From 16 Feet Away

October 14, 2015Swati Khandelwal
What if your phone starts making calls, sending text messages and browsing Internet itself without even asking you? No imaginations, because hackers can make this possible using your phone's personal assistant Siri or Google Now. Security researchers have discovered a new hack that could allow hackers to make calls, send texts, browser a malware site, and do many more activities using your iOS or Android devices' personal assistant Siri or Google Now — without even speaking a single word. A Group of researchers from French government agency ANSSI have discovered that a hacker can control Apple's Siri and Android's Google Now by remotely and silently transmitting radio commands from as far as 16 feet away... ...only if it also has a pair of headphones plugged into its jack. How does the Hack Work? It is very interesting and a mind-blowing technique. The Hack utilizes: An iPhone or Android handset with headphones plugged in A radio tra
Google Records and Store Your Voice — Here's How to Listen and Delete It

Google Records and Store Your Voice — Here's How to Listen and Delete It

October 14, 2015Swati Khandelwal
OK, Google is Listening… and Recording too. Google is not just listening to your searches, but the search engine is also recording and storing every single voice search you make. Google is incredibly accurate at understanding your voice. The company secretly stores its users' searches from its voice-activated assistant Google's Voice Search and search feature Google Now to turn up relevant advertisements as well as improve the feature. But what many of you do not realize is that after every voice searches you made, Google makes a recording of it and stores it in a remote part of your account. Listen to Your Own Voice Recorded by Google However, it's no surprise to know that Google is recording our voice because it's nothing new, but it made me really scary when I heard myself so cleared. Don't believe me? Listen to your own voice recording by visiting your " Voice & Audio Activity " page in the Google Dashboard and you
Facebook M: Facebook's Answer to Siri, Cortana and Google Now

Facebook M: Facebook's Answer to Siri, Cortana and Google Now

August 27, 2015Khyati Jain
Microsoft's 'Cortana', Google's 'Google Now', Apple's 'Siri', Now meet Facebook's 'M.' Facebook's announcement to introduce their Personal Digital Assistant "M" comes with powers within the Facebook Messenger. It is a similar virtual assistant like Google Now, Apple's Siri and Microsoft's smart digital assistant Cortana. It seems that all the intelligence that resides within the personal digital assistants already in the market are nothing in front of M's capabilities, according to the Facebook post by David Marcus , Vice President of Messaging Products at Facebook. Three days ago, Microsoft had boosted the powers of Android users by making Cortana accessible on Android devices. Now listening to Facebook's launch of 'M', rival companies would have definitely face-palmed! What Can I Help You With? The virtual assistant software "M" is truly going to support you by doing the
Microsoft Launches Cortana App For Android Users

Microsoft Launches Cortana App For Android Users

August 25, 2015Khyati Jain
Yes, she is here! Android users can now talk to Cortana – the first personal digital assistant – which is a patented product of Microsoft. She is available on all the devices running Windows 10 . Earlier in May, Microsoft said they will make Cortana available for Android and iOS users . Therefore, a beta version of Cortana has been rolled out by Microsoft for public. Yesterday, Microsoft made an announcement stating the availability of Cortana for the rival Android platform. This will enable the Android phone users to replace the Google Now shortcut by pressing and holding the home button in order to activate Cortana instead. Microsoft is Opening and Spreading its Wings Everywhere Cortana maintains the same user interface and functionalities as it has in Windows devices. Now the users will get choices between whom to choose, Cortana vs. Google Now . People might like the change, as Cortana is largely appreciated by Windows users. As it is the beta relea
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