Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons

Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons

But Matt Wixey, cybersecurity research lead at the technology consulting firm PWC UK, says that it’s surprisingly easy to write custom malware that can induce all sorts of embedded speakers to emit inaudible frequencies at high intensity, or blast out audible sounds at high volume.

A Remote-Start App Exposed Thousands of Cars to Hackers

A Remote-Start App Exposed Thousands of Cars to Hackers

Based on a scan of MyCar's exposed database—and Jmaxxz says he was careful not to access anyone else's private data—he estimates that there were roughly 60,000 cars left open to theft by those security bugs, with enough exposed data for a hacker to even choose the make and model of the car they wanted to steal.

How a 10-Year-Old Desk Phone Bug Came Back From the Dead

How a 10-Year-Old Desk Phone Bug Came Back From the Dead

Povolny says that with the Avaya desk phones, it took only basic hacking skills to gain access to the device's systems and firmware (the foundational code that coordinates a device's hardware and software) and analyze them for flaws.

Hackers Can Break Into an iPhone Just by Sending a Text

Hackers Can Break Into an iPhone Just by Sending a Text

Lily Hay Newman covers information security, digital privacy, and hacking for WIRED.Silvanovich, who worked on the research with fellow Project Zero member Samuel Groß, got interested in interaction-less bugs because of a recent, dramatic WhatsApp vulnerability that allowed nation-state spies to compromise a phone just by calling it—even if the recipient didn’t answer the call.

5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance

5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance

The researchers found that they could use their first stingray attack to modify a device's stated category number during the connection process, downgrading it to an older network.

Should You Buy the Nintendo Switch Lite?

Should You Buy the Nintendo Switch Lite?

You should also keep in mind that since the Lite won't include two detachable controllers right out of the box like the standard Switch does, the cost of making co-op happen will be higher than the initial $200 price suggests.

The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device

The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device

You might be thinking a lot of things at this point, hopefully among them: Why, in 2019, did a sex researcher have to go to such lengths to detect the physiological signals of orgasms?

Is Nintendo's New Switch Lite Really a Switch?

Is Nintendo's New Switch Lite Really a Switch?

In a late 2017 financial presentation, Nintendo executives said that roughly one half of Switch owners were using the device as intended by playing in multiple modes; either docked to a television or in handheld and table-top mode, away from a TV.

Nokia’s New Home Wi-Fi Router Takes Aim at Amazon and Google

Nokia’s New Home Wi-Fi Router Takes Aim at Amazon and Google

Now Nokia is launching a new version of the router, one that’s supposed to appeal to more cost-conscious people who don’t need a bunch of beacons in their home.

What to Look Forward to in MacOS Catalina

What to Look Forward to in MacOS Catalina

It’s a framework that allows developers to easily port iOS apps over to the Mac, which means mobile apps like Twitter—and many others once app makers have time to tool around with this—can now run as MacOS apps.

A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

Over the first half of the BRAIN initiative, scientists and engineers have developed technologies to discover and catalog the unique electrical properties of brain cells and to begin to reveal how they work together to generate sensations and movements.

This Colorful Keyboard Wants to Teach You How to Play Music

This Colorful Keyboard Wants to Teach You How to Play Music

The Roli Lumi (you know, because “illumination”) is a multicolored, light-up keyboard aimed at musical novices eager to learn to play the piano. Eventually, the goal is to get to playing songs without the guiding lights at all.“We wanted to build a seamless on-ramp to music making,” Lamb says.

Comcast Now Lets You Control Your TV With Your Eyes

Comcast Now Lets You Control Your TV With Your Eyes

Comcast customers can visit the interface in a web browser, log in with their Xfinity credentials, and pair their accessibility device to an existing set. An eye-controlled remote may seem to serve a small niche, but Wlodkowski likes to think about accessibility tech as driving broader innovations for consumers.

Cellebrite Now Says It Can Unlock Any iPhone for Cops

Cellebrite Now Says It Can Unlock Any iPhone for Cops

Cellebrite, too, has likely possessed the ability to unlock iOS 12.3 devices prior to this announcement, says Dan Guido, the founder of the New York-based security firm Trail of Bits and a longtime iOS-focused security researcher.

The Clever Cryptography Behind Apple's 'Find My' Feature

The Clever Cryptography Behind Apple's 'Find My' Feature

In a background phone call with WIRED following that keynote, Apple broke down that privacy element, explaining how its "encrypted and anonymous" system avoids leaking your location data willy nilly, even as your devices broadcast a Bluetooth signal explicitly designed to let you track your device.

A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets a Real Test

A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets a Real Test

Over the course of 55 experiments, Tajmar and his colleagues registered an average of 3.4 micro-Newtons of force from the EmDrive, which was very similar to what the NASA team found.

A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture

A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture

Patel was the biochemist who led the development of blood tests for Theranos’s new device, which Beam knew only by its code name—“4S.” Patel let slip that his team was still developing its assays on lab plates on the bench.

Amazon Debuts a New Echo Show Amid Alexa Privacy Concerns

Amazon Debuts a New Echo Show Amid Alexa Privacy Concerns

And Amazon is announcing new privacy features for the web and for Alexa, as part of a larger effort to address the concerns of its customers.

This AI Uses Echolocation to Identify What You're Doing

This AI Uses Echolocation to Identify What You're Doing

Based at the Wuhan University of Technology, in China, Guo’s team has tested its microphone array on four different college students and found that they can identify whether the person is sitting, standing, walking, or falling, with complete accuracy, they report in a paper published today in Applied Physics Letters . Some work with sound data, like Guo; others are developing better image recognition algorithms.

Bluetooth's Complexity Has Become a Security Risk

Bluetooth's Complexity Has Become a Security Risk

"One major reason Bluetooth is involved in so many cases is just how complex this protocol is," says Ben Seri, one of the researchers who discovered BlueBorne and vice president of research at the embedded device security firm Armis.

The New 'Black Mirror' Trailer Has 'Mortal Kombat'-Style Fighting

The New 'Black Mirror' Trailer Has 'Mortal Kombat'-Style Fighting

The New Black Mirror Trailer Has Mortal Kombat -Style Fighting. Also, Hannah Gadsby is doing a terrible job of quitting comedy and Miley Cyrus is in the new Black Mirror trailer.

Google Recalls Titan Security Key Over a Bluetooth Flaw

Google Recalls Titan Security Key Over a Bluetooth Flaw

With the right timing, she could trick the victim's laptop, for instance, into pairing with her own Bluetooth dongle rather than the Titan key, thus gaining access to both a user's Google account and that computer.

A Cisco Router Bug Has Massive Global Implications

A Cisco Router Bug Has Massive Global Implications

But the Red Balloon researchers found that the way the FPGA was implemented for Cisco’s Trust Anchor, they didn’t need to map the whole bitstream.

Physicists Are Bewitched by Twisted Graphene's 'Magic Angle'

Physicists Are Bewitched by Twisted Graphene's 'Magic Angle'

Jarillo-Herrero has never been a slacker, but his activity has jumped several levels since his dramatic announcement in March 2018 that his lab at MIT had found superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene—a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon crystal dropped on another one, and then rotated to leave the two layers slightly askew.

Why I Love My Teeny Tiny Knock-Off Nokia

Why I Love My Teeny Tiny Knock-Off Nokia

Last week, I went to the cell phone store across the street from my apartment in Brooklyn to purchase a SIM card for Baby, after one from AT&T failed to work with the device.

The Galaxy Fold's Breaking Display Won't Be Easy to Fix

The Galaxy Fold's Breaking Display Won't Be Easy to Fix

Samsung said Monday that initial tests of the review units revealed issues with the hinge that allows the Fold to open and close, and one instance where “substances found inside the device affected the display performance.” On Wednesday, repair company iFixit shed more light on what might be causing those problems.iFixit got its hands on a Fold—it’s not clear how, since they aren’t available anywhere for sale—and opened it up to find out how it works.

VR’s True Innovation Isn’t Technological, It’s Human

VR’s True Innovation Isn’t Technological, It’s Human

They're self-contained, so you're not attached by a cable to a computer or game console; they track themselves in space, obviating the external sensors required on earlier systems and freeing you to move about in VR just as you move in real life, with a range limited only by your physical environment; and they extend the headset's “six degrees of freedom” to the hand controllers as well, allowing for realistic use of virtual objects like swords and flashlights.

First Look: Hands On With Samsung's Galaxy Fold

First Look: Hands On With Samsung's Galaxy Fold

When it’s closed, the Galaxy Fold looks like two elongated phones pressed together, attached by a hinge on one side. The Fold has what Samsung calls a Dynamic AMOLED display, the same display that's in the Galaxy S10 phones.

How To Make Your Amazon Echo and Google Home as Private as Possible

How To Make Your Amazon Echo and Google Home as Private as Possible

To delete en masse, go to Alexa Privacy Settings on Amazon's website and then choose Review Voice History .For Google Assistant, go to and click the three dots in the upper-right corner.

An IOS App That Secretly Spies on You, And More News

An IOS App That Secretly Spies on You, And More News

Say hello to your new speaker-lamp. A cervix-navigating robot could save the rhinos. To be fair, these rhinos will need a lot more than a cervix-navigating robot to survive.

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