Recently a bug has been discovered in Google’s web browser, Chrome, that can allow websites to listen on a user through their computers microphone. While the defect cannot directly record audio, it can record a transcript of anything it hears using Chrome’s speech-to-text function. This bug has a potential to reach many people, as Chrome is used by more than half of web users.
The bug was originally reported to Google by Israel-based developer, Guy Aharonovsky, who discovered it while working with the speech recognition aspects of Chrome. Google, while have acknowledged the defect, has currently designated it as “low-severity”, which means there will be no immediate fix for the issue.
In the mean time, it does not seem that anyone is using this bug for malicious reasons yet.