July 11, 2016
A team of security researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University has found a new method for hacking mobile devices by using hidden voice commands embedded in YouTube videos.
The only thing the victim has to do in order its mobile device to be hacked, is to watch a specific crafted YouTube video which contains hidden voice commands. The victim can watch the video from various nearby sources, including a laptop, a computer, a smart TV, a smartphone or a tablet. The hidden commands are received by Google Now or Siri personal assistant which filter them from noise and sounds and execute them after that.
The team of security experts published the details of the technique for hacking mobile devices in a paper called “Hidden Voice Commands”.