New vulnerability turns smartphones into sound weapons

Matt Wicksey, cyber security researcher, revealedsmartphones have a vulnerability that can turn these harmless devices into sonic weapons. A hacked gadget can disorient or disrupt a person, as well as damage his hearing. Vulnerability research was carried out as part of the Wixie doctoral work.

The author determined that you can control the settingsdevices so that it produces low- or high-frequency sounds that are dangerous to humans. The theory was confirmed with a rather large list of models. According to him, he conducted research in a soundproof room and so that not a single person was injured.

Wixie is going to voice additional details of his work at the Def Con hacker conference, which will be held in Las Vegas.