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April 22, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 2:27pm

5 security vulnerabilities found in Google Glass

CBR looks at five exploits already discovered by hackers.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

CBR rounds up five vulnerabilities already found in Google Glass by hackers just a week after Google made the high-tech specs available to the entire public for one day.

1. Jailbreaking

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Google Glass wearers could be exposed to jailbreaking techniques, which would allow hackers to gain full access of the headset’s operating system.

"If you jailbreak a device you then run everything as the administrative user versus just a standard user, which gives you a much wider access to the underlining hardware and software characteristics of the platform," explained Lawrence Pingree, a research director and analyst of security technologies at Gartner.

He told CBR: "If you go to a meeting wearing your Google Glass, and a hacker jail breaks a device and malware happens to get on the device, it brings a whole new level to spying."

Jay Freeman, a technology consultant, also known as Saurik, already used an exploit in Android, developed by a hacker called Bin4ry, to gain root access into a version of Google Glass in 2013.

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"Once the attacker has root on your Glass, they have much more power than if they had access to your phone or even your computer: they have control over a camera and a microphone that are attached to your head," he wrote in a blog.

"A bugged Glass doesn’t just watch your every move: it watches everything you are looking at (intentionally or furtively) and hears everything you do."

 

 

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