It's got a mic and s**t security
Welcome to "Open mic" night in your home.
A voice-activated TV remote can be turned into a covert home surveillance device, according to researchers from infosec firm Guardicore who probed the device to show that a man-in-the-middle attack could compromise it. Guardicore discovered an attack vector on US telco giant Comcast's Xfinity XR11 voice remote – of which …
In case you wondered, WTF is the point of this? My parent's Dish Network remote has this setup (but hopefully better security.) The way it works stock, it doesn't listen to a thing until you hit a microphone button on it (the button looks like an old timey barrel mic). I'd like to think it's this way for security; I guess that's possible, but let's face it, it was probably done that way just because running a mic on a remote 24/7 would run the batteries down too fast. (Google, Amazon, I'm looking at you -- having your little assistants spying 24/7 supposedly just to listen for "Hey Google" or "Hey Alexa"? No thanks, give me a button!) I don't use the mic, my dad LOVES hitting the button and saying "history channel" or "BBC America" or whatever to it.
These days I think I'd just tap the broadband line/phone line out of someones house.
Bound to be some device that a)Has a mic b)Sends it to a server c)Can have their security (or the data stream they are sending 24/7/365) compromised.
Do all those extra microphones and cameras in your house make you feel "safe"
Or just watched.
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