Researchers Steal Data Using Noise From Your PC's Fans

Posted by HardOCP News 4:40 PM (CDT)

Monday June 27, 2016

I'd have to see this in action to believe it. Maybe I'm just dumb but it doesn't seem like a very practical way of hacking a system. This seems like some James Bond BS researchers tell people to stir up investments. Personally, I prefer the ol' stealing data via Morse code using your hard drive LED.

The researchers in Israel came up with another way to target these isolated systems. Their malware can secretly send the data over audio waves generated by the computer’s fans, according to a paper they released on Wednesday. The malware, called Fansmitter, works by controlling the speed at which the fans run. This can create varying acoustic tones that can be used to transmit the data.