New Hack Turns Smartphones Into Covert Spying System


Amy Lee
Huffington Post
January 19, 2011

Your phone is a covert spy device, secretly listening to and recording everything you say — or at least, it could be, according to new research that has uncovered a smartphone hack affecting both Androids and iPhones.

The auto-answer feature installed on most smartphones can be hacked to transform the phone into a listening machine, based on research by Ralf-Philipp Weinmann that shows a way hackers can break into the phone’s baseband processor–which sends and receives radio signals on the cellular network–by exploiting bugs in the firmware of its radio chips.

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