Clubhouse Security Risk Follow-up: China Is Listening

Clubhouse Security Risk Follow-up: China Is Listening

The Shanghai-based infrastructure supplier of Clubhouse called Agora Inc. raised security concerns that it may provide information to the Chinese government to identify and monitor users, especially for politically exposed personnel.

“Alexa, Stop Listening To Me Or I’ll Cut Your Ears Off”

“Alexa, Stop Listening To Me Or I’ll Cut Your Ears Off”

Yes, these devices all have software options for disabling their microphone arrays, but as [Andrew Peters] relates it, his concern is mainly to thwart exotic attacks on smart speakers, some of which, like laser-induced photoacoustic attacks, we’ve previously discussed.

PS5 Can Record Audio Data When a Trophy Is Unlocked, Here’s How To Opt-Out of It

PS5 Can Record Audio Data When a Trophy Is Unlocked, Here’s How To Opt-Out of It

Sony is not always recording your audio, and in fact, the user can entirely opt-out of it if they are uncomfortable with this feature.

Rubenerd: We need physical audio kill switches

Rubenerd: We need physical audio kill switches

If there is any latency whatsoever between us hitting a mute button and the audio not cutting out, the hardware or software has failed.Well-engineered mute buttons on keyboards shouldn’t need to go to software, they should immediately send a signal to the motherboard’s DAC—ideally on a separate wire or connection—to say terminate this signal.

Listen to This Deepfake Audio Impersonating a CEO in Brazen Fraud Attempt

Listen to This Deepfake Audio Impersonating a CEO in Brazen Fraud Attempt

In June, an employee at a tech company received a strange voicemail from a person that identified himself as the CEO, asking for “immediate assistance to finalize an urgent business deal.” As it turns out, despite sounding almost like the CEO, the voicemail was actually created with computer software.

This device keeps Alexa and other voice assistants from snooping on you

This device keeps Alexa and other voice assistants from snooping on you

Researchers hack Siri, Alexa, and Google Home by shining lasers at themBesides detecting inadvertent audio transmissions, the device will spot virtually any activation of a voice assistant, including those that are malicious.

Qubes Architecture Next Steps: The GUI Domain

Qubes Architecture Next Steps: The GUI Domain

There were two big issues in the previous Qubes architecture that needed to be handled for an effective approach to a GUI domain: how the GUI protocol relied on dom0-level privileges and how managing anything in the system required dom0-level access to the hypervisor.

Do Ring Cameras Violate Wiretapping Laws? New Hampshire Is About to Find Out

Do Ring Cameras Violate Wiretapping Laws? New Hampshire Is About to Find Out

Assistant Strafford County Attorney Emily Garod, who is prosecuting Burke, told Motherboard that when she learned of the Ring audio recording she messaged a state-wide group of prosecutors to ask for advice or examples of similar cases.

Facebook announces new features geared towards data protection and privacy

Facebook announces new features geared towards data protection and privacy

To begin with, over the course of the coming weeks, users will be prompted to review their privacy settings under the updated Privacy Checkup tool.According to the company, Off-Facebook Activity "marks a new level of transparency and control", one that the firm has had to rebuild certain parts of their system for.

Setting the Record Straight: PinePhone Misconceptions

Setting the Record Straight: PinePhone Misconceptions

Let’s start with the Allwinner A64 SoC, which is the brains of the PinePhone; it runs mainline Linux, uses mainline ATF and u-boot and there are open source drivers for all main SoC components.

Let’s Reverse Engineer Discord

Let’s Reverse Engineer Discord

After encrypting the entire stream and sending with an RTP header, we can see this packet received and decrypted by our remote Discord client which is in a debugger.

Uber will start audio-recording trips to protect its passengers

Uber will start audio-recording trips to protect its passengers

Uber has plans to ensure its passengers feel safe when using the service by introducing an audio-recording safety feature to all rides.

Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

The issue of technology-company workers listening and transcribing audio recordings made via smart speakers and virtual assistant apps came to the fore in April, when the Bloomberg news agency reported Amazon, Google and Apple were all involved in the practice.

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Contractors working for Microsoft have listened to audio of Xbox users speaking in their homes in order to improve the console’s voice command features, Motherboard has learned.(Microsoft did not explicitly say humans may review audio recordings from its products in its privacy policy until after Motherboard's earlier reporting on Skype and Cortana).

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

The Irish regulator, which takes the lead in overseeing Facebook in Europe, said it’s already looking at similar data processing by Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Hundreds of contractors reportedly were hired to transcribe Messenger voice chats in order to test the accuracy of an AI algorithm — raising questions about what Facebook does with the data.

Facebook transcribed users’ audio messages without permission

Facebook transcribed users’ audio messages without permission

Facebook has become the latest tech giant to face scrutiny over its handling of users’ data, following a report that said the social media giant collected audio data and recordings from its users and transcribed it using third-party contractors.

Google halts Assistant speech data transcription in EU

Google halts Assistant speech data transcription in EU

Caspar's office said in a statement that Google told the Hamburg authority transcripts of speech recordings are already suspended and won't take place for at least three months from Thursday.

Everything you wanted to know about media metadata, but were afraid to ask

Everything you wanted to know about media metadata, but were afraid to ask

You can explode a flattened PDF into individual images of the pages using PDF Redact Tools, then feed the pages into Tesseract to create a text document that can be worked on with any language processing tool.

Google workers listen to your “OK Google” queries—one of them leaked recordings

Google workers listen to your “OK Google” queries—one of them leaked recordings

Google today defended its practice of having workers listen to users' Google Assistant queries, following the leak of 1,000 voice recordings to a media outlet. Google's blog post today said it uses "a wide range of safeguards to protect user privacy throughout the entire review process.".

Google admits partners leaked more than 1,000 private conversations with Google Assistant

Google admits partners leaked more than 1,000 private conversations with Google Assistant

Google admitted on Thursday that more than 1,000 sound recordings of customer conversations with the Google Assistant were leaked by some of its partners to a Belgian news site.

Google really is spying on you: Firm reveals contract workers listen to private smart speaker recordings

Google really is spying on you: Firm reveals contract workers listen to private smart speaker recordings

The technology company pays "language experts" around the world to listen to and transcribe audio recordings made by users. Temporary workers, supplied by contractors, are sent audio recordings to transcribe so that Google can improve its services for people who speak in different accents and languages.

Lawsuit claims Apple violated privacy laws by revealing iTunes listening data

Lawsuit claims Apple violated privacy laws by revealing iTunes listening data

The lawsuit claims that Apple has released personal listening information directly to third parties while also granting app developers access to iTunes libraries through the Media Player framework.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Private Meeting Bugged

Jeremy Corbyn’s Private Meeting Bugged

Sunday the 14th April, The Sunday Times released a recording of a partial, private, conversation between the Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn and Dame Margaret Hodge.

Employee privacy is at stake as surveillance tech monitors workers

Employee privacy is at stake as surveillance tech monitors workers

Earlier this year, Amazon received a patent for an ultrasonic bracelet that can detect a warehouse worker's location and monitor their interaction with inventory bins by using ultrasonic sound pulses.

Accessibility vs Security: Breaking CAPTCHAs by exploiting their accessibility features

Accessibility vs Security: Breaking CAPTCHAs by exploiting their accessibility features

We built an automated system that solves audio captchas using existing speech recognition services. In the paper, we also discussed that all other audio captchas can be solved by leveraging existing speech recognition services.

Privacy fears as Google and Amazon can use smart home data to learn your daily habits

Privacy fears as Google and Amazon can use smart home data to learn your daily habits

Concerns have grown around how much data these applications are collecting and how it's being used In the past, if users asked Alexa to turn on their smart bulb, Alexa would transmit code to the device to check if it was on or off, receive confirmation that it was off and then tell it to turn on, Bloomberg noted.

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

reply gowld 16 hours ago Pandora and Google Play Music (and maybe Spotify too I don't know) put ads in the audio stream (and video, if you are looking at the app screen while listening to music for some reason).

Firefox 66 to block automatically playing audible video and audio

Firefox 66 to block automatically playing audible video and audio

We only allow a site to play audio or video aloud via the HTMLMediaElement API once a web page has had user interaction to initiate the audio, such as the user clicking on a “play” button. There are some sites on which users want audible autoplay audio and video to be allowed.

PSA: Disable FaceTime. Miscreants can snoop on your iPhone, Mac mic before you pick up call

PSA: Disable FaceTime. Miscreants can snoop on your iPhone, Mac mic before you pick up call

Here's the steps to reproduce the security blunder: on an iPhone, video call a contact using FaceTime on a vulnerable device, and while connecting, swipe up and add a person to the call.