Alistair Charlton reports:
Cyber security researchers created a way for Amazon Alexa devices to eavesdrop on their owners, listening indefinitely without their permission and sending transcripts of the recordings back to the researchers.
The flaw in how Alexa works, which has since been patched by Amazon, saw the creation of a seemingly innocent calculator ‘skill’ – the word for an Alexa app – with code which caused Alexa to keep listening after providing the requested answer. This covert recording was then transcribed and sent to the researchers as a text document.
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h/t, Joe Cadillic