With each passing year, the Internet and technology become more and more important in our lives, which should not necessarily be a bad thing. Unfortunately, hackers represent the downside of relying so heavily on new technologies.
These criminals of our age take advantage of every security flaw in the network to try to make a profit. We have seen cases where they have taken control of other people’s routers, mobile phones, Smart TVs and even light bulbs.
However, what would you think if we told you that they can also hack into your old light bulbs to spy on you? As unrealistic as it may sound, a group of researchers has shown that it is possible.
The Lamphone that spies on you through light bulbs
A team of experts from Ben-Gurion University (Israel) and the Weizzman Institute of Science has come up with a surprise by publishing research showing that it is possible to hack into traditional light bulbs, those that are not connected to the Internet.
According to his study, the waves we emit when we speak have a direct impact on the light waves given off by ordinary light bulbs. Using a complex algorithm and a sensor that measures the electro-optical spectrum to interpret these waves, the researchers were able to accurately reproduce a conversation that took place in a remote room thanks to the use of the lamphone.
In other words, this technology would make it possible to spy on conversations in any room where there is a light bulb. Once again, reality surpasses fiction with something that seems to be taken from the latest James Bond film.
The device that scientists have used to achieve this has been called a lamphone, a device capable of optically capturing sound waves by means of a sensor that points directly at the bulb in question with the aid of a telescope (since it is a system for long-distance spying).