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Developer finds Chrome eavesdropping bug 25 Jan 2014 17:28 #1

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Chrome can be subverted to make a computer act as a listening device

Any computer running the Chrome browser can be subverted to eavesdrop on conversations happening around it, claims a developer.

Israeli coder Tal Ater found the bug while working on his own speech recognition software.

Despite Google finding a way to fix the bug in October 2013 the update has yet to be rolled out to Chrome, he said.

Google said there was no immediate threat to users from the speech recognition system.

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"Even while not using your computer - conversations, meetings and phone calls next to your computer may be recorded and compromised," wrote Mr Ater in a blogpost explaining what he had found.

The bug emerges when malicious sites try to subvert the way Chrome handles speech recognition, he said........

www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25859360
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