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Hacker Finds Hidden 'God Mode' on Old x86 CPUs

"Some x86 CPUs have hidden backdoors that let you seize root by sending a command to an undocumented RISC core that manages the main CPU, security researcher Christopher Domas told the Black Hat conference here Thursday (Aug. 9)."

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/x86-hidden-god-mode,37582.html


Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones vulnerable to hacking: researchers 

"Samsung’s Galaxy S7 smartphones contain a microchip security flaw, uncovered earlier this year, that has put tens of millions of devices at risk to hackers looking to spy on their users, researchers told Reuters."

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-conference-samsung-elec/samsung-galaxy-s7-smartphones-vulnerable-to-hacking-researchers-idUSKBN1KT0NL

 

Elaborate hack turned Amazon Echo speakers into spies

"They've disclosed an attack on the Echo that uses both a modified speaker and a string of Alexa web interface vulnerabilities to remotely eavesdrop on regular models. It sounds nefarious, but it requires more steps than would be viable for most intruders."

https://www.engadget.com/2018/08/12/amazon-echo-speaker-complicated-surveillance-hack/

 

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