Google Home, Chromecast security hole can allow cyber criminals to ‘blackmail’ users

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Neighbourhood Technology Desk: Are you using the Google Home or a Chromecast at your house? Then take note. As per a researcher named Craig Young with security firm Tripwire, Google Home and Chromecast devices have a serious vulnerability that can leak your precise location within 10 meters to an attacker. Attackers can then use this location information to make online threats or stalking traps more credible and accurate.

While the vulnerability is only limited to unauthorized access of exact data location of the user, the effect is not just limited to that. Google was notified of this issue in earlier occasions as well, but the technology giant did not pay any heed to the findings of Young. But when another security researcher showcased the same vulnerability to Google, the company has finally budge. Google has reportedly said that it will fix this issue with an update next month (July).

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