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Hacking Headphones into Spy Microphones

Just when you thought we were paranoid enough, researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel have found a way to hack into your headphones in such a way that they become spy microphones.

That’s right: your headphones can now spy on you.  There is a catch, though, the headphones have to be plugged into a computer.

The code–which is called Speak(e)ar–turns the speakers in headphones into microphones (at their heart, speakers and mics are essentially the same thing: it all depends on which way the signal travels). Using a quirk of Realtek audio chips (present in both PCs and Macs), the computer can be use the headphones to pick up audio up to 20 feet away.

Watch the malware at work below. (Via Wired)


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