Connected Speakers Emit Spooky Sounds

Connected Speakers Emit Spooky Sounds
Hackers can access Sonos and Bose speakers remotely and play ghostly noises in the middle of the night.

(CCM) — Certain Sonos and Bose connected speaker models can be hacked by pranksters and made to play spooky sounds in the owners' homes, security researchers at Trend Micro have discovered.

"A couple of nights ago the speaker in my hall started making really weird sounds, like a door opening, then half an hour later a baby started to cry from the speaker randomly for the rest of the evening," a user called Chryssy complained on a Sonos community forum. "Last night I was going to bed then I heard my speaker in my bedroom produce a sound like a plate or glass breaking followed by the crying baby sound," she added.

The researchers discovered a security vulnerability in a small proportion of speakers made by Bose and Sonos including the Sonos Play:1, Sonos One, and Bose SoundTouch products, according to a report in International Business Times. The vulnerability allows hackers to play any sound of their choosing on the speakers.

The researchers warned that hackers could also use the vulnerability to make the speakers issue commands to nearby Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, with the potential to manipulate lighting, temperature controls, and smart locks.

Sonos has issued a patch to fix the vulnerability, while Bose has yet to comment publicly on the issue, according to the report.

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