Amazon Alexa Has Got Some Serious Skills—Spying On Users!

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Amazon Alexa Has Got Some Serious Skills—Spying On Users! “Alexa, are you spying on me?” — aaaa…..mmmm…..hmmm…..maybe!!! Security researchers have developed a new malicious ‘skill’ for Amazon’s popular voice assistant Alexa that can turn your Amazon Echo into a full-fledged spying device. Amazon Echo is an always-listening voice-activated smart home speaker that allows you to get things done by using … Read More

Sanity Tests for Alexa Skills, Google Home Actions, and Messenger Bots

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Sanity Tests for Alexa Skills, Google Home Actions, and Messenger Bots A sanity test should quickly evaluate if your application answers a specific set of questions as expected. The point of a sanity test is to rule out certain classes of obviously false results, not to catch every possible error. A rule of thumb may be checked to perform the … Read More

Amazon Echo can soon answer follow-up questions without the 'Alexa' prompt

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Amazon Echo can soon answer follow-up questions without the 'Alexa' prompt Alexa will soon be smarter and more natural about the way it interacts with you. This includes Alexa being able to recall information you’ve told it to remember, asking multiple questions without each query beginning with “Alexa,” and launching skills through natural requests. Ruhi Sarikaya, head of the Alexa … Read More

Security researchers can turn Alexa into a transcribing, always-on listening device

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Security researchers can turn Alexa into a transcribing, always-on listening device Checkmarx researchers including Erez Yalon have created a “rogue Alexa skill” that bypasses Amazon’s security checks: it lurks silently and unkillably in the background of your Alexa, listening to all speech in range of it and transcribing it, then exfiltrating the text and audio of your speech to the … Read More

5 smart garage door controllers for automated opening and closing

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5 smart garage door controllers for automated opening and closing The motorized garage door is a common feature of suburban American households, and many owners already enjoy being able to open and close them remotely, often with a button clipped to the sun visor of their car. But for between around $80 and $140, this system can be made smarter. … Read More

Alexa will soon gain a memory, converse more naturally, and automatically launch skills

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Alexa will soon gain a memory, converse more naturally, and automatically launch skills Alexa will soon be able to recall information you’ve directed her to remember, as well as have more natural conversations that don’t require every command to begin with “Alexa.” She’ll also be able to launch skills in response to questions you ask, without explicit instructions to do … Read More

KAYAK Launches Flight Tracking on Command with Notifications for Amazon Alexa

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KAYAK Launches Flight Tracking on Command with Notifications for Amazon Alexa STAMFORD, Conn., April 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today KAYAK introduces flight notifications for Alexa-enabled devices to help users confidently track a flight’s status and arrival time. With flight notifications for Alexa, users can now ask KAYAK to send an alert right when a flight lands or schedule a notification … Read More

New Alexa “Skill” allows it to act as a spy

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New Alexa “Skill” allows it to act as a spy 0 In real fact that would confirm people’s worst fears regarding a device with an always-on microphone in their home, security researchers have developed a “skill” for Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa, which lets the device indefinitely eavesdrop on people’s conversations. The vulnerability that Amazon has since patched was found by … Read More

Alexa, How Do We Take Our Relationship to the Next Level?

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Alexa, How Do We Take Our Relationship to the Next Level? As useful as it would be to interact with smartphones and other gadgets by chatting casually with them, the technology to enable such a simple but meaningful back-and-forth has proved elusive. Voice-controlled virtual assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Google Assistant typically require users to make formal, … Read More

This 'Skill' Can Trick Amazon Alexa Into Eavesdropping For Hackers

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This 'Skill' Can Trick Amazon Alexa Into Eavesdropping For Hackers A team 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 Amazon. Alexa has been designed to detect … Read More