05 June 2013

Researchers prove that light, sound can activate mobile malware

....Researchers have discovered a way to trigger and control malware on smartphones using sensory channels, like light, vibrations, music or other sounds...

.....The paper, titled “Sensing-Enable Channels for Hard-to-Detect Command and Control of Mobile Devices,” described one example in which music that blares from a speaker could cause compromised smartphones to carry out malicious activities at a sports event.
Attackers could instruct the malware to perform actions such as launch distributed denial-of-service attacks, interfere with other non-mobile networks in range....
...So, if an attacker was clever enough to make use of these tricks, it would make for an interesting story, or possibly bragging rights, but wouldn't give them a pass to wreak havoc undetected.

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