Be it hardware or software, in today’s world, anything can easily be hacked. While the companies are trying their best to help secure their products.
However, there are many products out there that can still be hacked, because of outdated firmware, and nothing can be done about it.
While most of the hacks can easily be done with the help of internet connection, while others need physical access.
But now here’s something more advanced that no one could ever imagine, “hacking with sound waves”.
A team of researchers have experienced in on a weird type of hacking method that utilises sound waves to control almost anything from a smartphone to a medical device and a drone to possibly even a car.
The trick the researchers used to hack into the system was using the device’s accelerometers. What does the accelerometer do is that it connects with the smartphone or any gadget, track and sense motion, alerting the operating system about how fast and where the device is moving. By manipulating this chip, a hacker can take control of your smartphone or even your car.
While researchers are presently stating that only a few accelerometers are presently vulnerable to such attacks, there may be many models and variants out there that could be attacked in the same manner.
Of the 20 manufacturers they have identified, some are from well-known brands such as Bosch, STMicroelectronics, InvernSense, Murata and Analog Devices.
This research will further stress manufacturers to secure their chips even further, but this can take time and could make future devices expensive.