“Smartphones running Android try to prevent the sort of viruses and Trojans that plague PCs by carefully walling off which of the phones’ features and data applications can access. But one team of researchers has demonstrated that a clever piece of malware can listen through the walls–literally.
Six researchers at Indiana University and the City University of Hong Kong have created a proof-of-concept program called Soundminer that’s capable of using a phone’s mic to listen out for credit card numbers. When a user either speaks or types their credit card’s digits into the phone, Soundminer parses the audio file, interprets the numbers, and sends them to another app that passes them on to a remote server.”
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