Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Hackers Can Use Radio Waves To Access Your Phone Via Siri

siri.jpg

Now this sounds needlessly complicated, but it doesn't make it any less impressive.

Researchers at French security organization ANSSI have discovered a security weakness in microphones attached to smarphones that allows them to control various functions via Siri.

By sending specific radio waves to a headset microphone connected to an iPhone, the French team (the would-be 'hackers') were able to simulate the signal usually given off if they were to hit the "press to speak" button - something they're describing as a "silent remote voice command injection technique".

From here they're able to simulate voice commands, accessing functions via Siri including opening apps, sending messages and even opening Apple Pay.

The technique can even be used on Android phones supporting the Google Now talk functions.

The point of the research is to prove that such security flaws exist, rather than suggesting that hackers might be out there at this very moment accessing your apps via radio waves.

However, should you notice anyone looking shifty pointing a small dish array at your earphones, you might want to unplug them. 

[Via: TechCrunch]


more


Related

cancer-afp.jpg

Scientists are one step closer to curing cancer (by accident)

deathstar1.jpg

Top Astronomers Have Spotted A Strange 'Alien Megastructure'

thor2.jpg

A Genius Has Built A 'Working' Thor's Hammer That Only He Can Lift

ISS-Main-611651.jpg

UFO or Secret NASA Experiment? Mystery Objects spotted ‘hounding’ ISS

facebook-know.jpg

Facebook banned a regular phrase and no one knows why

nes2.jpg

Gamer Leaves SNES On For 20 Years To Save Game

Comments

More

Watch Steve Jobs launch first iPhone 10 years ago

Today marks 10 years since Steve Jobs presented the world with this iconic product, but it could have been so different

09 Jan 2017

The best gadgets to launch at the biggest tech conference in the world

Christmas 2017 can't come early enough

by Joe Ellison
05 Jan 2017

16 best fitness gadgets to help you get into shape for 2017

Gadgets to get your sweat on with

by David Cornish
03 Jan 2017

An awesome paper cycling helmet wins Dyson design award

Only £4, and it'll save your life

by David Cornish
17 Nov 2016

Netflix finally confirms it's working on downloadable content

It's official, people

by David Cornish
03 Nov 2016

How Android users can now cast Harry Potter spells on their phone

Well this is neat

by David Cornish
02 Nov 2016

David Bowie among the 72 new emoji coming to iPhones

David Bowie is getting an emoji

by David Cornish
02 Nov 2016

The 4K TVs your eyeballs have been waiting for

And they won't break the bank

by David Cornish
01 Nov 2016

Everything you need to know about Apple's new MacBook Pros

Return of the Mac

by David Cornish
28 Oct 2016

'Apple of China' just released the best looking phone ever made

Your move, Apple

by David Cornish
27 Oct 2016