Secret messages hidden in TV adverts can order smartphones to spy on people, researchers warn

A team of German academics have noticed a huge growth in the number of Android apps that are designed to look out for inaudible “ultrasonic” signals. These signals contain a code that orders the apps to begin tracking people’s location, work out what they are watching on television and even expose intimate secrets about their personal life, such as their political affiliation or love of pornography. They have alleged that multinational corporations such as Krispy Kreme and McDonald’s have fitted the snooping software within apps.

Source: Secret messages hidden in TV adverts can order smartphones to spy on people, researchers warn

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