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In this scenario, an eavesdropper doesn’t even need to get at your earbuds: they can switch your output port into an input port and record you even without a mic attached to the PC.
The vulnerability – called “jack retasking”- was reported by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Cyber Security Research Center. In a paper (PDF), they note that the reprogramming option is available on audio chipsets from Realtek, which are embedded in a wide range of modern PC motherboards.
Mark Zuckerberg covers up his laptop’s camera with a little piece of tape.
Finally, the malware sends the recording to the attacker.
The genius of this kind of an attack, Wardle says, is that it’s virtually undetectable.
It essentially functions as an off button for the camera, physically preventing it from recording until you take off the tape to make a video call.
But new research suggests that hackers can eavesdrop on those video calls, too, when you think you and the person you’re talking to are the only ones on the line.