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Google Chrome vulnerability allows Websites to Eavesdrop on You

Google Chrome vulnerability allows Websites to Eavesdrop on You

April 11, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Just imagine, you are sitting in front of your laptop and your laptop is listening to your nearby conversations. What if the recorded audio from the system’s microphone is being instantly uploaded to a malicious website? Google has created a speech-recognition Application Programming Interface (API) that allows websites to interact with Google Chrome and the computer’s microphone allows you to speak instead of typing into any text box, to make hands-free web searches, quick conversions, and audio translator also work with them. In January, a flaw was discovered in Google Chrome that enabled malicious websites with speech recognition software to eavesdrop on users’ conversations from background without their knowledge using an outdated Google speech API. CHROME IS LISTENING YOU A new similar vulnerability in Google Chrome has been discovered by Israeli security researcher, Guy Aharonovsky, claimed that the Chrome’s speech-recognition API has a vulnerability that allo
Converting Google Chrome into a Bugging Device by exploiting Speech Recognition feature

Converting Google Chrome into a Bugging Device by exploiting Speech Recognition feature

January 23, 2014Swati Khandelwal
How many of you use Google Chrome for surfing the Internet and feel safe while working on it? I think many of you. Chrome is one of the most trusted Web Browsers that provide a user friendly environment and cyber security, but this we all know that every product has its negative side too, and so has Google’s Chrome. Chrome has a 'Voice Recognition' feature, that use your system's microphone and allows you to speak instead of typing into any text box, to make hands-free web searches, quick conversions, and audio translator also work with them. Google’s browser is also not immune to bugs and this time the new bug discovered in Chrome is capable to listen and record your whole private conversations without your knowledge, by abusing the voice recognition feature. While working on ‘ Annyang ’, a voice to text software for websites, the web developer ' Tal Ater ' discovered a vulnerability that can be exploited and lets malicious sites to turn your Go
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