May 7, 2018

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May 7, 2018

Turning an Echo Into a Spy Device Only Took Some Clever Coding

IT’S IMPORTANT NOT to overstate the security risks of the Amazon Echo and other so-called smart speakers. They’re useful, fun, and generally have well thought-out privacy protections. Then again, putting a mic in your home naturally invites questions over whether it can be used for eavesdropping—which

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New Skill Let Amazon Alexa Spy on Users

As a proof of concept, researchers from Israel-based application-security firm Checkmarx wrote a malicious “skill,” or Alexa functions, that managed to turn an Amazon Echo Dot into a full-fledged eavesdropping device that recorded dialogue indefinitely and sent transcriptions of human speech to a third-party

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Researchers Hacked Amazon’s Alexa to Spy On Users, Again

A malicious proof-of-concept Amazon Echo Skill shows how attackers can abuse the Alexa virtual assistant to eavesdrop on consumers with smart devices – and automatically transcribe every word said. Checkmarx researchers told Threatpost that they created a proof-of-concept Alexa Skill

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Alexa Turned Spy, Able to Snoop on Users

Amazon put a quick stop to an issue in Alexa’s skill set after Chexmarx researchers reported that her skill set could be expanded to listen in on users not just some of the time but all of the time. According to a Checkmarx research

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Researchers say they tricked Alexa into spying on them

Researchers at security firm Checkmarx say they built a proof-of-concept skill for Amazon’s Echo devices that in theory could have voice assistant Alexa listen to, transcribe, and report what users said after they thought they had finished using a legitimate service. They

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Amazon’s Alexa had a slight eavesdropping flaw

Researchers at the security firm CheckMarx discovered a security flaw in Amazon’s Alexa voice enabled digital personal assistant that could have been used to eavesdrop and transcribe any ambient conversation. But, there are caveats: The flaw requires a user to not

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