Aug 11, 2019
Gadgets can be hacked to produce 'dangerous' sounds, says researcher
Many modern gadgets can be hacked to produce deafening and disorienting sounds, research has revealed. He sought to find out if the volume and speaker controls of the devices could be manipulated to make them produce harmful high and low frequency sounds. Custom-made viruses, known vulnerabilities and other exploits were used to subvert the devices and make them emit the dangerous sounds for long periods of time. In one case, the device itself was harmed by the tests as it stopped working after the team made it emit a range of sounds over several minutes. Mr Wixey has been in contact with manufacturers to help them develop defences that can act if a device is being made to produce dangerous sounds.
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