Roving Bugnet: Distributed Surveillance Threat and Mitigation

Provided by: George Mason University
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
Advanced mobile devices such as laptops and Smartphone's make convenient hiding places for surveillance spyware. They commonly have a microphone and camera built-in, are increasingly network accessible, frequently within close proximity of their users, and almost always lack mechanisms designed to prevent unauthorized microphone or camera access. In order to explore surveillance intrusion and detection methods, the authors present a modernized version of a microphone hijacker for Windows and Mac OS X. This attack can be executed as soon as the target connects to the Internet from anywhere in the world without requiring interaction from victimized users.

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