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Researchers Found a Way to Take over Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri Devices through Laser Pointers

Researchers in Japan and at the University of Michigan recently said that they had figured out how to take control over Google Home, Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri devices from several feet away by shining laser pointers, and even flashlights, at the devices' mouthpieces.

What brought this one was the ascent of the voice-controlled digital assistants, introduced a couple of years back and the security experts have expressed their worries that systems like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa were a privacy danger and could be effectively and easily hacked.

Kevin Fu, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan with respect to the usage of laser pointers said that “This opens up an entirely new class of vulnerabilities, it’s difficult to know how many products are affected because this is so basic.”

The computer science and electrical engineering researchers — Takeshi Sugawara at the College of Electro-Interchanges in Japan and Mr. Fu, Daniel Genkin, Sara Rampazzi, and Benjamin Cyr at the College of Michigan — all of them released their findings regarding the same issue in a paper on the 4th of November.

The researchers said they had informed Tesla, Portage, Amazon, Apple, and Google to the light vulnerability and the companies all responded saying that they were 'studying' the conclusions in the paper that was released.

Despite the fact that there is no clear indication that the light vulnerability defined on the 4th has been utilized by hackers, however, with a torrent of internet-connected devices rising in the market, the researchers said the revelation was a reminder to the consumers to be on the lookout in areas concerning security in the coming future.

New OS takes on Apple, Android

Firefox, a web browser made by the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, was born as “Phoenix”. It rose from the ashes of Netscape Navigator, slain by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. In 2012 Mozilla created Firefox os, to rival Apple’s ios and Google’s Android mobile operating systems. Unable to compete with the duopoly, Mozilla killed the project.

Another phoenix has arisen from it. Kaios, an operating system conjured from the defunct software, powered 30m devices in 2017 and another 50m in 2018. Most were simple flip-phones sold in the West for about $80 apiece, or even simpler ones which Indians and Indonesians can have for as little as $20 or $7, respectively. Smartphones start at about $100. The company behind the software, also called Kaios and based in Hong Kong, designed it for smart-ish phones—with an old-fashioned number pad and long battery life, plus 4g connectivity, popular apps such as Facebook and modern features like contactless payments, but not snazzy touchscreens.

With millions of Indians still using feature phones, it’s no surprise that this brainchild of San Diego startup KaiOS Technologies is already the second most popular mobile operating system in Indiaafter Android, capturing over 16% market share. iOS is second with 10%share, as per an August 2018 analysis by tech consulting firm Device Atlas.

The new category of handsets powered by KaiOS, which has partnered with Reliance Jio, require limited memory while still offering a rich user experience through services like Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, and Facebook, among others.

Faisal Kawoosa, founder, techARC, credits KaiOS with bringing about a paradigm shift in infotainment in India. “This (the feature phone platform) becomes the first exposure of mobile users to a digital platform. It is also helping the ecosystem and new users to digital services without much increase to the cost of the device,” he said.

Jamf Now Makes Management of Apple Devices Easier

Jamf Now a management solution created solely for Apple devices is now ideal for small ventures as well, enabling users to set up, shield and oversee devices all from a solitary dashboard. 

These devices can be configured rapidly and reliably, and applications can be centrally conveyed too.
With reasonable consumer level PCs and accessible smartphones, giving employees access to organizational assets is simpler than it was at any other time.

Utilizing these gadgets, the user can remotely access whatever data they require; Access Organization Networks, or teams up remotely with coworkers — if they can adequately manage their experience. Jamf is the designed software for that exact reason, to give the user a focal place to do the majority of the above on a financial plan.

Jamf Now underpins two levels of administration: Supervised and Enrolled. Supervised Devices can be controlled on a considerably more profound level than devices that are just enrolled. Company devices regularly fall under the Supervision level of management.

The most ground-breaking Jamf Now features require Supervision down the lines of
  • Restrictions (iOS)
  • Lost Mode
  • Activation Lock Bypass
  • Wallpaper

Jamf Now comes with no unpredictable guidelines to pursue, no odd downloads, and no expectation to absorb information that is the thing that makes it extraordinary for companies and employees. Jamf Now helps in amplifying the capability of the supercomputers in our pockets, and uses these gadgets to launch our business, classroom, or project to the ultimate level of development.

Users can now experiment with Jamf Now for free with 3 devices and afterwards just pay $2 every month for each extra devices added.