A loud sound emitted by a fire suppression system has destroyed the hard drives of a Swedish data center, downing Nasdaq operations across Northern Europe.
Attackers can use sound waves to interfere with a hard drive's normal mode of operation, creating a temporary or permanent denial of state (DoS) that could be used to prevent CCTV systems from recording video footage or freeze computers dealing with critical operations.
The Linux kernel team has released a patch to fix a security bug that could allow an attacker to execute code with elevated privileges.
Google engineers have announced changes in the way Chrome will handle websites with auto-playing audio.
The Google Chrome team is currently testing a new option that will allow users to permanently mute audio coming from a website (URL).
New research published this week by researchers from the University of Washington shows how an attacker could track a user's movements using speakers and microphones that come with computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other devices.