How YouTube videos can hijack your smartphone

By: GizBot Bureau

A muffled voice hidden in a YouTube video can issue commands to a nearby smartphone without you even knowing it, researchers reveal.

How YouTube videos can hijack your smartphone

According to Micah Sherr, professor at Georgetown University, voice recognition has taken off quickly on phones thanks to services like Google Now and Apple's Siri but voice software can also make it easier to hack devices.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) Unveiled: Top 5 Alternatives You Can Check Out!

"It might not work every time but it's a number's game. If a million people watch a kitten video with a secret message embedded, 10,000 of them might have their phone nearby. If 5,000 of those load a URL with malware on it, you have 5,000 smartphones under an attacker's control," pcworld.com quoted Sherr as saying.

How YouTube videos can hijack your smartphone

If the hackers know the ins and outs of the voice-recognition software itself and know its internal workings, they can create voice commands that are even harder to decipher by humans.

SEE ALSO: 6 Reliance LYF Smartphones get Price Cut and Free Unlimited 4G Data for 3 Months

To guard against the threat, developers of voice recognition software could incorporate filters to differentiate between human and computer-generated sounds, the report added.

Source IANS

Read More About YouTube | smartphones | hackers | videos | news

Please Wait while comments are loading...
Opinion Poll