Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The dangers of speech recognition

Speech recognition systems can delete your data and email porn to your Mum.

When Windows Vista launched, Symantec produced a fun video showing how the in-built speech recognition system could be abused by a malicious website. Basically, a web page loads and plays an audio file containing instructions to delete data.

Importantly speech recognition needed to be enabled, the speakers needed to be turned on, the microphone needed to be close enough to the speakers and the user had to allow the audio file to run until completion.



Now the new iPhone's personal assistant application, Siri, has (potentially) joined in the act: