Research demonstrates how vibration motors in wearables can be used to "listen" to speech
Julia Sullivan, ECE ILLINOIS
6/6/2016 9:10:20 AM
The implications of their research present new opportunities and threats. "Even modest reproduction could prompt new applications and threats. On one hand, wearable devices like fitbits, that otherwise do not have a microphone, could now respond to voice commands…On the other hand, leaking sound through vibra-motors opens new side channels - a malware that has default access to a phone's vibra-motor may now be able to eavesdrop into every phone conversation," wrote Roy and Roy Choudhury.
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