Oct 21, 2019

Amazon Echo and Google Home owners spied on by apps

Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers have been compromised by apps modified to spy on users after being approved by the technology companies. Once approved, the researchers updated the Echo Skills and Home Actions to eavesdrop and steal passwords. "Smart spies undermine the assumption that voice apps are only active as long as they are in dialogue with the user," Karsten Nohl, SRL's chief scientist, told BBC News. David Emm, a security analyst at Kaspersky Lab, said people needed to remember some of the apps offered for Amazon Echo and Google Home devices were made by third parties. "They're 'smart listeners', not just smart speakers. Their capabilities extend to apps that we use with them."

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