RE­SEARCHERS PUSH HID­DEN MES­SAGES TO SMART SPEAK­ERS

‘DO YOU SPEAK-A MY LAN­GUAGE?’

TechLife Australia - - HOTSPOT - [ JB ]

While smart speak­ers may still strug­gle to un­der­stand your grandma when she says “Ohkei Goo­goo”, re­searchers in China and the US have dis­cov­ered that they’re al­ready adept at de­ci­pher­ing covert in­struc­tions that are in­audi­ble to hu­mans. The Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, was able to dial phone num­bers and go to web­sites us­ing hid­den audio-based com­mands and have stated that, in the wrong hands, the hid­den smart speaker lan­guage could be used to un­lock se­cu­rity doors or even make pur­chases with­out users be­ing aware.

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