New Skill Let Amazon Alexa Spy on Users

As a proof of concept, researchers from Israel-based application-security firm Checkmarx wrote a malicious “skill,” or Alexa functions, that managed to turn an Amazon Echo Dot into a full-fledged eavesdropping device that recorded dialogue indefinitely and sent transcriptions of human speech to a third-party website as well as to Amazon. (The skill was never uploaded to Amazon’s Alexa app store, and isn’t available to the public.)

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Arden Rubens

Social Media Manager & Content Writer at Checkmarx
Arden is the social media manager and a content writer at Checkmarx. Her blogs focus on cyber security trends and the latest developments in the world of AppSec. She aims to educate and inspire developers, security professionals, and organizations to find the best defense against online threats.

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