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How hackers could turn everyday objects into deadly cyber weapons 

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Hackers are finding more inventive ways to target their victims Credit: BSIP/UIG

It may seem like something straight out of a thriller: a terrorist hacking into a home, taking over household electronic devices to torture those inside. But, according to some experts, this may not be too far from reality. 

Hackers now have the ability to hijack unsecured smart speakers, headphones and laptops to turn them into “offensive” weapons by playing ear-damaging audio, Matt Wixey, a cyber security researcher for PricewaterhouseCoopers has warned. 

Wixey said he scanned local WiFi and Bluetooth networks to find devices he could take over and emit both low and high frequencies that surpassed safety guidelines and seriously damage an individual’s hearing.

The smart speaker he was able...

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