Hackers can remotely bug almost ANY machine: Malware hijacks office equipment to create spying devices

Monday, August 1, 2016
By Paul Martin

A New York-based security firm has developed malware called funtenna
Funtenna uses software to make office phones and printers transmit data
Phones can turn into listening devices to share conversations they hear
Printers can send out a kind of Morse code that hackers can translate

By ABIGAIL BEALL
DailyMail.com
1 August 2016

Your computer, phone and even printer could be spying on you.

Experts have warned everyday machines such as these may be used to bug any kind of building remotely.

A new king of malware uses circuits found on most devices and radio frequency waves to turn them into listening devices, without the hackers even accessing the machines.

The malware, named ‘Funtenna’ by lead researcher Ang Cui from Red Balloon Security, would be hard to detect because no traffic logs would catch data leaving the premises.

New York-based Red Balloon Security is a group of ‘white hat ‘hackers – computer security experts who break security so that a weakness can be found, fixed and improved, to make sure a company’s information is secure.

The company designs security systems to defend against these kind of attacks.

Funtenna exploits radio frequencies, or RF signals, to turn office equipment into bugging devices.

It uses ‘all the common pieces of hardware that you find in basically every embedded device,’ Mr Cui told Motherboard in a YouTube video.

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