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Israeli Researchers Find Breach Allowing Hackers to Spy Through Remotes

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A man gives instructions to his Cox Contour 2 voice remote.

Researchers from the Israeli company Guardicore found a security breach that would allow hackers to listen to users through voice-activated remote controls.


Researchers from the Israeli Guardicore firm discovered a security breach that would let hackers eavesdrop on users through remote controls from the Comcast cable TV service that accept voice commands and support long-distance radio-frequency communication.

The exploit would enable hackers to activate the remotes from a distance and record whatever is occurring within meters of the device.

The remote automatically checks for updates every 24 hours, and it is during this checking process that the breach transpires.

The Guardicore researchers alerted Comcast and worked with the company to patch the exploit, which involved updating all affected remotes; they advise all providers of voice-controlled remotes to test them carefully to prevent similar breaches.

From The Jerusalem Post
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