Big Brother may be secretly listening to your conversations

An article yesterday in Weird News, “Always Listening: Hackers Can Now Turn Your Headphones into a Surveillance Microphone with Malware,” describes how a malware program developed by Israeli engineers can change internal microchip coding to turn a pair of headphones or earbuds sitting on your desktop into microphones that can hear conversations at some distance!

morphing-headphones-into-microphones-diagram

Apparently, this technology reversal of speakers being morphed into secret microphones is fairly well-known but the new scare is that it can be done remotely via software alone!

Another instance of Orwell’s 1984 paranoia becoming a reality – remember Winston’s all-knowing, all-seeing telescreen?

This is really creepy – like the now well-known hack of being able to remotely activate the webcam on your laptop without triggering the LED. This is what got a hacker 18 months in federal prison for spying on Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf.

So keep the Post-It on your webcam when you’re not using it – you already do that, right?  And now be sure to unplug those speakers, headphones, and earbuds when you’re not using them.

Check out these links:
http://weekinweird.com/2016/11/23/hackers-can-now-turn-headphones-secret-microphone/
https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1611/1611.07350.pdf