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Music at Starbucks Could Trigger Malware On Your Device

Author: Heather Kuhla

Standing in a long line for coffee could be a gruesome wait, thought branding specialists at Starbucks. Soon they installed sound systems in many of their restaurants and even began offering compilation CD’s and music on kiosks while waiting in line. It was beginning to be an experience just waiting in line for coffee. No one would have thought his or her cell phone would be vulnerable for acquiring harmful software in a coffee shop.

Coffed beans on striped wooden cutting board

Music, TV, video and lighting can be used by evildoers to trigger malware in cellphones and other devices. (Image credit: Alex Upshur / Greenraystudio via Wikimedia Commons)

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have recently discovered a new way for evildoers to discretely take control of your smartphone or portable device through ambient sound and light provided at Starbucks coffee shops. Continue reading

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