The headphones can be turned into a listening device

Consumers have long been accustomed to cracking e-mail or reading of correspondence by messengers. But eavesdropping through headphones – this is something new.

A Group of programmers developed a virus that uses the function task shifting in the RealTek audio codecs for the transmission of sound around the headset to the remote computer.

Called Speake(a) r remotely configures the connector as a port for connecting a microphone, allowing it to eavesdrop on everything that happens around the infected computer is connected to headphones.

Now Speake(a) r is at a distance of up to 6 meters and only on computers with RealTek chips. However, this achievement gives scope for the activities of other hackers with less than good intentions.