Last week we talked about how home devices such as Google Home and Amazon Echo keep listening after you think you have stopped. There is more.
The same company, Security Research Labs, has more testing they have done. This time, they tested Google Home and Amazon Echo with actions/skills called Lucky Horoscope made just to show how the devices can be used by hackers for phishing. When asking for Lucky Horoscope they created to show this, the user is given an error that tells the user the action/skill is not available in their country. It waits a little while and then says there is an update. It then asks for the user’s password and records it. The hacker now has the user’s email and password.
You may think you are ok using home devices such as Google Home or Amazon Echo but maybe not so much. Security Research Labs in Germany has some videos that will show how the devices are still active even after you think they have stopped listening.
In this video you can see the person talking on the right and the information recorded in the terminal on the left. As she keeps speaking after the time of her first question, it keeps recording the information to the server.
You will see it continued to record after the person said “Alexa stop”.
By invitation only, which you can request, you can get Amazon echoframes for your eyeglasses for $179. After the introductory phase, they will be $249. The only choice right now is black. The only choice is black but they give you all day access to Alexa. You can filter from who and what notifications you receive so you aren’t bombarded all day long.
It directs the sounds to your ears so others won’t hear what you hear. You can turn off the sounds with a button. They are not yet compatible with iOS smartphones and you will require a Android phone with Android 8 or higher and the Alexa app to connect as well as Bluetooth. There are special instructions for you optometrist for how to clean and shape them. If they do not work with your prescription, you can get a refund.
There are a lot of funny videos of kids trying to get Alexa to do things. Sometimes they are hard for even humans to understand so they are harder for Alexa to understand.
Here is a boy asking Alexa a math question from this past week:
Here is a girl checking her homework:
Here is a boy checking his homework from about 2 years ago:
Here is a little boy trying to play music but gets more than he bargained for:
Here is a little girl asking for Baby Shark:
Here is a compilation of kids talking to Alexa:
This young lad wants Alexa to tell him if she likes Christmas, to clean the kitchen and remember when he was younger: