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Chrome exploit lets websites keep listening after you close the tab

22
Jan
2014

Toying around with voice-recognition apps, developer Tal Ater noticed something strange. Because of a quirk in Chromes microphone settings, any site enabled for voice-recognition could use a pop-up window to keep recording almost indefinitely, hidden in the background. In Aters demonstration, he closes the tab and continues talking, only to reveal a pop-up behind the main Chrome window, transcribing everything he says. Its an unsettling thought: could a malicious site use Chrome to listen in on users offline conversations?

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