Is Google Chrome eavesdropping on you?
A glitch in the browser leaves users open to hackers listening in, and the company has yet to release a fix.
By Christopher Freeburn
Call it the latest cyber-concern. People who use Google's (GOOG) Chrome browser could be vulnerable to eavesdropping through certain websites.
An Israeli online security expert and programmer says hackers can activate voice recognition features built into Google Chrome when a user accesses voice-recognition capable websites.
Specifically, Chrome will not alert users every time a website activates voice recognition. That means the computer’s microphone could begin to pick up anything said while a Google Chrome user is browsing -- without the user knowing about it, NBCNews reports. Thus, hackers could exploit the feature to eavesdrop on Chrome users.
The expert who detected the problem warned Google about the vulnerability in September, but Google has yet to issue a fix to prevent malevolent use the feature in Google Chrome.
While the threat exists, so far, there have been no reports of misuse of voice recognition systems to eavesdrop on Google Chrome users.
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