#433 October 16th, 2015 – Hacking Siri with Radio Waves

This week’s headline story: Hacking Siri with Radio Waves

siriTwo European researchers have found that it’s possible to hack into mobile devices via headset microphones and personal agents like Siri and Google Now. The strategy involves using intentional electromagnetic interference (IEMI) targetted at smartphone-connected headphones that act as an antenna to establish a gateway for the injection of voice commands. The radio signals can be modulated to generate a keyword command like “OK, Google” or “Hey, Siri,” and begin issuing commands to those devices from as far away as 16 feet.

Hackers Could Remotely Hijack Siri and Google Now [NewsFactor]

Other Headline News…

  • Chattanooga Rolls Out 10-Gigabit Internet Service [NewsFactor]
    Chattannooga, TN has become the first community in the world capable of delivering up to 10 gig Internet to all 170,000 households and businesses in its service area. The city’s municipal broadband initiative has helped the Chattanooga area generate more than 2,800 new jobs and $865.3 million in economic and social benefits.

in Information Security News…

  • Officials in Utah Defend NSA’s $1.7 Billion Data Center [NewsFactor]
    U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah worked hard to convince a Salt Lake City audience that the NSA’s massive $1.7 billion data center just south of the city isn’t being used to encroach on citizen’s privacy. He explained that the facility did not store Americans’ personal phone calls or social media activity, but plays a key role in protecting the country from cyber-attacks by hostile foreign governments. Stewart had strong words when asked about Edward Snowden, the exiled whistleblower who leaked classified documents about U.S. government surveillance. Stewart called him one of the “most destructive traitors America has ever seen” and said his supporters don’t understand what he did to the country.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • The biggest tech deal ever: Dell buys EMC for $67 billion [CNN Money]
    Dell Lays Down $67B for EMC in Largest Tech Deal in History [NewsFactor]
    The huge $67 billion Dell EMC merger that was just a rumor last week has become a reality. Dell has announced that it has agreed to buy corporate software, storage and security giant EMC.
    The deal completes Dell’s transformation from a consumer PC business to an IT solutions provider for companies.
  • AT&T Service Will Let Many Devices Share One Phone Number [NewsFactor]
    AT&T is developing a new service that will allow several mobile devices to share a common phone number. The new service will enable users to make and receive calls and text messages from all their devices, including tablets and smart watches — even when they’re not within close range of the users’ phones.
  • Microsoft, Rivals Join Forces on $70 Million Campaign To Sell PCs [NewsFactor]
    Intel, Microsoft, Dell, HP and Lenovo are kicking off a $70 million marketting campaign aimed at people and businesses with desktop devices that are four or five years old or older. Set to launch Monday, the “PC Does What?” campaign will run in the U.S. and China — the world’s two largest PC markets, extolling the amazing things new computers can do that your old computer can’t.
  • Twitter Slashes Workforce as Dorsey Aims to Restore Confidence [Ecommerce Times]
    Investors cheered after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s announcement of plans to cut up to 336 jobs, or 8 percent of the global workforce, as part of an effort to strengthen long-term growth.
  • JetBlue To Offer Free High-Speed Wi-Fi on All Planes by Fall 2016 [NewsFactor]
    JetBlue plans to become the first U.S. carrier to offer free Wi-Fi to all passengers on all its flights. The fifth largest airline has already installed Wi-Fi technology on its fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft, and expects to have the remainder of its aircraft equipped with free wifi by the fall of next year.

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