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Spearphone Attack: Spy On Calls, Voice Notes, and Multimedia

By Swati Khandelwal for thehackernews.com


Dubbed Spearphone, the newly demonstrated attack takes advantage of a hardware-based motion sensor, called an accelerometer, which comes built into most Android devices and can be unrestrictedly accessed by any app installed on a device even with zero permissions.


Since the built-in loudspeaker of a smartphone is placed on the same surface as the embedded motion sensors, it produces surface-borne and aerial speech reverberations in the body of the smartphone when loudspeaker mode is enabled.


Discovered by a team of security researchers—Abhishek Anand, Chen Wang, Jian Liu, Nitesh Saxena, Yingying Chen—the attack can be triggered when the victim either places a phone or video call on the speaker mode, or attempts to listen to a media file, or interacts with the smartphone assistant.


According to the researchers, the Spearphone attack can be used to learn about the contents of the audio played by the victim—selected from the device gallery over the Internet, or voice notes received over the instant messaging applications like WhatsApp.


Read original article at https://thehackernews.com/2019/07/android-side-channel-attacks.html