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Rich
2018-05-26 14:11:27 UTC
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<URL:http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-alexa-records-private-convers
ation-2018-5>
A couple in Portland, Oregon, said that speakers in their home powered
by Amazon's Alexa smart voice assistant recorded a private conversation
and sent the recording to a person in their contacts.
A woman named Danielle said she and her husband got a call two weeks ago
from the contact, who told them to immediately unplug all their devices
because he'd heard their conversation in his home 176 miles away in
Seattle, KIRO-TV reported.
She said he proved it by providing details about the conversation, which
was about hardwood floors.
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Computer Nerd Kev
2018-05-26 22:10:02 UTC
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ation-2018-5>
A couple in Portland, Oregon, said that speakers in their home powered
by Amazon's Alexa smart voice assistant recorded a private conversation
and sent the recording to a person in their contacts.
A woman named Danielle said she and her husband got a call two weeks ago
from the contact, who told them to immediately unplug all their devices
because he'd heard their conversation in his home 176 miles away in
Seattle, KIRO-TV reported.
She said he proved it by providing details about the conversation, which
was about hardwood floors.
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At the end of the article there's a link to a similar story which,
ironically, made me laugh:


Amazon says the laughing Echo devices that terrified some users
happened because Alexa 'mistakenly' thought it heard instructions
to laugh
Rachel Sandler, Mar 8, 2018
https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-confirms-echo-devices-laughing-working-fix-2018-3

"Amazon confirmed on Wednesday that some of its Echo smart speakers
were having random - and creepy - fits of laughter.

The company said the unexpected chuckles were caused by the Echo
mistakenly hearing the phrase "Alexa laugh."

"In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa,
laugh.' We are changing that phrase to be 'Alexa, can you laugh?'
which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling
the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh.' We are also changing Alexa's
response from simply laughter to 'Sure, I can laugh' followed by
laughter," Amazon told Business Insider in a statement."


It's reminiscent of a practical joke the I came up with once, but
never got around to carrying out. I'm glad to hear that someone did
it in the end, even if it was by mistake.

On a more serious note, it looks like the next branch of "social
engineering" in the information security world will be aimed at
getting people to say things that their own "smart" devices will
mishear as commands.
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