Israeli Researchers Point at Breach in Comcast Remotes Allowing Hackers to ‘Spy Through’ Them
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According to the researchers, the remote’s voice control function can be subject to security breaches, allowing hackers to break into the remote and use it as a recording device.
Researchers from the Israel-based Guardicore company have discovered what they describe as a possible “security breach” in the XR11 remotes produced by the US-based Comcast telecommunications company, which could allow hackers to listen and record through the remotes.
The hackers could access remotes that have the option of voice control, activating it remotely and using the device to listen and record what is happening in the area around the remote, researchers said.
According to the company statement, the team informed Comcast of their findings and collaborated with them to fix the issue and adding that the affected remotes were updated.
They also recommended that companies producing remotes with voice control carefully examine them to avert security breaches.