SERIOUS SECURITY Question: Can headphones run malware/viruses???

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  1. Posts : 696
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    SERIOUS SECURITY Question: Can headphones run malware/viruses???


    Hi all,

    I know this may sound like a strange question, but I've been Googling this all night and it definitely seems like it's possible for headphones to transmit viruses...

    My question is: Is it possible for headphones that use the 3.5mm headphone jack connection to transmit viruses/malware?

    Obviously, there seems like a big risk in using USB headphones because USB ports are very popular for transferring data, but what about the 3.5mm headphone jack?

    Thank you.
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  2. Posts : 18,443
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    No data flows through the 3.5mm headphone jack, only analog audio signals. Therefore, I would say it would be impossible to infect a computer through the 3.5mm headphone jack.
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  3. Posts : 696
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    NavyLCDR said:
    No data flows through the 3.5mm headphone jack, only analog audio signals. Therefore, I would say it would be impossible to infect a computer through the 3.5mm headphone jack.
    Thanks for your reply.

    I forgot to mention that I'm not referring to wireless headphones as wireless headphones seem like an even bigger risk for the transfer of malware/viruses.

    I'm only interested in wired headphones.

    I'm currently reading this: Malware: Can Headphones Have or Transmit Viruses? | SoundGearLab
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  4. Posts : 18,443
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    NiceAndShy said:
    Thanks for your reply.

    I forgot to mention that I'm not referring to wireless headphones as wireless headphones seem like an even bigger risk for the transfer of malware/viruses.

    I'm only interested in wired headphones.

    I'm currently reading this: Malware: Can Headphones Have or Transmit Viruses? | SoundGearLab
    Same answer.
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  5. Posts : 696
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    NavyLCDR said:
    Same answer.
    Thanks for your reply.

    I'm still reading through the article.

    Is there any other information I can look at to be 100% certain that viruses or any data at all can be transferred using the 3.5mm audio port?
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  6. Posts : 18,443
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    NiceAndShy said:
    Thanks for your reply.

    I'm still reading through the article.

    Is there any other information I can look at to be 100% certain that viruses or any data at all can be transferred using the 3.5mm audio port?
    None that will satisfy you.
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  7. Posts : 349
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    NavyLCDR, gave you the correct answer to your question ! We had this come up in Malware School and the answer was "NO" !
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  8. Posts : 696
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    flashh4 said:
    NavyLCDR, gave you the correct answer to your question ! We had this come up in Malware School and the answer was "NO" !
    Thank you for your reply!

    I've just spent some time Googling "Malware School" but nothing came up... It sounds like something significant that I need to look into. Can you explain further please?
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  9. Posts : 85
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    Probably this one
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  10. Posts : 696
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    Majulook said:
    Probably this one
    Wow, really? I've never seen this website before...

    I'm currently reading this thread and it seems helpful: virus - Can headphones transmit malware? - Information Security Stack Exchange
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