An exploit like this was bound to happen. Voice recognition technology may have been an idea since Star Trek or before, but it’s only really come to the consumer front in the past few years with the rise of Android and iOS, both of which have voice-activated virtual assistants. Now hackers have, brilliantly, figured out how to remotely talk to these devices using radio signals.
On the surface, an attack like this seems potentially innocuous. So what if someone can make your virtual assistant look up information remotely? But consider the other things the virtual assistants are in charge of, such as opening web browsers. Bringing that into account, it’s easy to see [...]