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Alexa, Are You Spying On Me? Not Really, Maybe, It's Complex! 28 Dec 2018 17:58 #12443

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August 01, 2017Mohit Kumar

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Do you own an Amazon Echo?
So are you also worried about hackers turning out your device into a covert listening device?


Just relax, if there's no NSA, no CIA or none of your above-skilled friends after you.
Since yesterday there have been several reports on Amazon Echo hack that could allow a hacker to turn your smart speaker into a covert listening device, but users don’t need to worry because the hack is not simple, requires physical access to the device and does not work on all devices, as well.
Amazon Echo is an always-listening voice-activated smart home speaker that is designed to play music, set alarms, answer questions via the Alexa voice assistant, and control connected smart home devices like WeMo, Hive and Nest.
Hack Turns Amazon Echo Into Spying Device (But It's Complex)
Now researchers from MWR InfoSecurity have demonstrated a hack, showing how hackers can exploit a vulnerability in some models of Amazon Echo to turn them into covert listening devices that can secretly record your most intimate moments.
But the hack is not simple and has some significant limitations:
The first major limitation of the Amazon Echo hack is that it does involve the hacker being able to gain physical access to the device, though, according to researchers, it is possible to tamper with the Echo without leaving any traces behind.
The second limitation is that the Amazon Echo hack works only against older models, as the vulnerability discovered by MWR researchers only affects the 2015 and 2016 versions of the AI-powered speaker.
Another major limitation to carry out this hack is that the attacker should be above average skills in Linux as well as embedded hardware systems.
In short, it is a very sophisticated hack that first requires James Bond to bypass all CCTV cameras, if you have, to stealthily gain physical access to your premises, and then at least 30 minutes spare time with the Amazon Echo to install the malware without leaving any traces of tampering.

Read More Here;
thehackernews.com/2017/08/hacking-amazon-echo-spying.html
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Alexa, Are You Spying On Me? Not Really, Maybe, It's Complex! 28 Dec 2018 18:19 #12446

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I wouldn`t allow one of those things in the house. They can even hack into dolls and toys now that are made for children! :huh: Scary. Imagine little Jenny having a tea party conversation with her teddy in her Wendy house and the teddy answers back `I can seeeeee you!!!!`. :evil: Poor kid would need counceling! :S
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Alexa, Are You Spying On Me? Not Really, Maybe, It's Complex! 28 Dec 2018 18:42 #12449

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keep your eye on these little doorbell camera devices too if you have concerns about this kind of thing there's a lot of potential for misuse with facial recognition software.


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Alexa, Are You Spying On Me? Not Really, Maybe, It's Complex! 29 Dec 2018 10:05 #12458

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Indeed it is getting to be a full blown Police State, with "Big Brother" keeping a very close eye on us all, Its bad enougth we have the most CCTV cameras in the World, Smart phones listen to us, And Everything we do on line is captured and saved on secret police files for 2 years, much more if you "Are of Interest"
And we are told "Its for our Benefit" oh Yer.......
And dont get me started on DWP, Corrupt Police, and god knows what else. :angry:

Then you get these Idiots using facebook, telling the World there whole life story, Its beyond. :ohmy:
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