May 7, 2018
May 7, 2018
The researchers at cyber-security company Checkmarx hid the malicious application in a simple calculator skill that is meant to solve common mathematics problems. While Alexa is designed to process commands after hearing the “Alexa” wake word and ends the session or wait
Independent Women’s Forum’s Nan Hayworth and Democratic strategist Wendy Osefo discuss the report that researchers discovered a way to hack Amazon’s Alexa.
Ateam of security researchers at Checkmarx have created a “skill” that can turn Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa into an eavesdropping device. It abuses the built-in request capabilities of the device to record your conversation indefinitely and send the transcripts to any third party website or
Voice-activated assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant are convenient and powerful tools for getting information and carrying out tasks. They also raise privacy questions because they record their interactions with the user and are always-on waiting to hear their wake-up command.
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
On April 25, security firm Checkmarx publicly disclosed that it has found that a malicious developer can trick Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant technology to record everything a user says. At this time, it’s not clear if any hackers have ever
Amazon’s Alexa is good at listening, since it has to be ready when you say its wake word, like “Alexa,” “Echo” or “Computer.” That very same feature, though, has people worried about their own privacy. Researchers from security firm Checkmarx have found a
Checkmarx was able to create a skill that allowed hackers to listen in on Echo devices and their users’ conversations. Amazon fixed the problem earlier this month, but the incident serves as a cautionary tale as our homes become more