Researchers prove that light, sound can activate mobile malware

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Jun 03, 2013 03:21 am PST

Let there be light. Or maybe not.vResearchers have discovered a way to trigger and control malware on smartphones using sensory channels, like light, vibrations, music or other sounds.

According to a paper published by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and presented earlier this month at a security conference in China, this is possible because of the advanced sensory technology found in modern cell phones.

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.


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