Cortana's feeling vulnerable; that's why she's always eavesdropping on you
Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2018 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: security, windows 10, cortana, microsoft, spectre
If your Win10 machine did not go beep in the night, you might want to get on that reboot as there are numerous security patches waiting to install. One of them is a long standing flaw which effects those who haven't disembowelled the Cortana search assistant on their computer. For those that have managed to subdue Cortana, rest assured she is not listening to you at all times; those who haven't should be aware that she is always listening, even in her sleep. As creepy as that already is, it has also been a way to take advantage of long standing security flaw in the assistant. This, as well as a patch for a Spectre variant and a variety of other patches is waiting your installation.
"Lane Thames, a senior security researcher at Tripwire, spoke out about the long-standing flaw with Cortana, that meant the AI helper was always listening for commands, even when a PC is locked."
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- Where is the Windows 10 Recycle Bin? @ Techspot