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Google Chrome Allows Eavesdropping, Researcher Claims
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JosephM975
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JosephM975,
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1/23/2014 | 6:43:07 PM
Re: Taking too long.
The plugin's security settings are user granted, look at the source code. It takes very little permission to do this and I can't believe it'ts not considered malware. I write in Java and in C# and in all web languaes and this is something that with a little bit of added logic we can recognize certain strings, especially if these strings contain sensitive information and patterns for example long number combinations (typical of credit cards), words and numbers (typical password combinations), or any other 'keyword' or combowords we want to look for. The exploit is simple in that once you grant the browser permission to access your microphone (example "Okay Google!" voice command on google.com), it will continue to runt he script once downloaded to your internet cache and will run as long as chrome is still being executed. You should not base your misleading article title on the video alone, you need to support your statement with technological evidence, as I can support that this exploit is real since I downloaded the source code and tested it on my servers myself. 

 

All it needs is one-time permission to run 'in the background' during your session on Chrome. This is the same nature as malware and other viruses in how this can be executed.

This exploit only works on Chrome for windows and MAC OS.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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1/23/2014 | 6:20:20 PM
Re: Taking too long.
The article says "claims" because the video isn't definitive proof the exploit works, particularly when Google is saying it's not an issue. I just am not enough of a Javascript expert to state categorically that the exploit works or doesn't. It may work in some circumstances but not in others. It may depend on the plug-ins and security settings of the user's browser. Security is best left to experts.
JosephM975
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JosephM975,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/23/2014 | 5:01:45 PM
Re: Taking too long.
Isn't it funny how this article (#2 on the search ranking right now) states that the "researcher claims" this when there is a full source code exploit written to show the bug using chrome. I downloaded the source code and analysed it and it is very tiny and takes very little code to to this. Anyone can embed this code on their websites and create a cached copy on their server, I tested it on mine. THIS IS REAL
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/22/2014 | 8:10:41 PM
Taking too long.
The possibility of listening via your microphone is creepy -- and it's disconcerting that it's taking so long to fix.


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