Now Your Phone Can Be Hacked by a Table!?

Today’s cybercriminals are more inventive than ever when it comes to data breaches.


Whether it be through phishing emails or malware programs, there’s an increasing number of ways your mobile device and personal information can be at risk of being attacked by hackers.


You can now add the innocuous-seeming behavior of leaving your phone on a table to this list.


A new study has revealed how scammers can access your mobile by hacking into its smart assistant using voice commands inaudible to humans.

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Personal data on a mobile phone can be at risk through ultrasonic waves, frequencies of which cannot be heard by humans, new research has shown.


These sounds can be used to hack voice assistants such as Google Assistant or Siri into performing various tasks.


These unwanted actions include making long-distance phone calls and hijacking texts. The latter could potentially provide hackers with access to verification codes, especially if a phone number is used in a two-step verification process.


Some hardware is required by the hackers although this is an inexpensive piece of kit known as the piezoelectric transducer capable of generating vibrations beyond the range of human hearing.


After this is connected to a signal generator and mounted to a piece of metal or glass easily concealed by a tablecloth, the transducer can emit vibrations to generate sounds. These sounds can take the form of instructions capable of triggering a response in a phone’s smart assistant.


There are ways to prevent the hackers from winning. You can disable your smart assistant’s always-on function for starters while thicker tablecloths prevent these ultrasonic signals from being understood by a device. And the more over-the-top and sturdier your phone case, the more effective it will also be at stopping these signals.


While this new hack can be prevented, it illustrates how we need to remain vigilant in our cybersecurity efforts as scammers become increasingly innovative in how they try to target us and our personal data.


Visit Clario’s blog to stay updated on the latest innovations from cybercriminals and all the newest threats to our online security.


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