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Music and Movies Could Trigger Mobile Malware 88

Posted by timothy
from the seeds-of-your-own-destruction dept.
mask.of.sanity writes "Lights, sounds and magnetic fields can be used to activate malware on phones, new research has found. The lab-style attacks defined in a paper (PDF) used pre-defined signals hidden in songs and TV programmes as a trigger to activate embedded malware. Malware once activated would carry out programmed attacks either by itself or as part of a wider botnet of mobile devices."
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Music and Movies Could Trigger Mobile Malware

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  • A good reason (Score:5, Informative)

    by Vombatus (777631) on Monday May 20, 2013 @02:08AM (#43771625)
    to turn your phones off whilst watching a movie!
  • by RDW (41497) on Monday May 20, 2013 @04:01AM (#43771919)

    Current Blu-ray players are already infected with malware that shuts them down when a certain pattern of sounds is detected:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinavia [wikipedia.org]

  • Re:A good reason (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 20, 2013 @08:52AM (#43772619)

    Funny. When I want to use something that "just works", I use Windows. All the applications and games that I expect are in that ecosystem.
    If I want to be in a pay-walled garden, I use OS X. Gave up that a couple of years ago after trying it for a couple of years.
    If I want to tinker with the notion of "desktop" and "window manager", I install Linux. Done that since Red Hat in 1998 or so. Linux Mint left me impressed, but, nothing I expect is available.
    Now and then, I try Open^H^H^H^HLibre Office. Simple things just don't work as expected, such as referencing columns and simple spreadsheets give alot of pauses for being so small. I fantastize about using Base for my needs, but it just doesn't work without nasty surprises, just as all Linux distros.
    I'm happy for Microsoft's screwups, but frankly, they deliver the best software deal when they get it right.
    Hopefully, free software and open source will "get" usability and user expectations some day. I know it costs money / time, but I'm still hopeful.

    Kudos for minimizing Windows usage. I'm not there when I just want to get things done, not tinkering and failing to make it work without heavy customizations, which break within the next couple of upgrades.

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