November 17, 2019, 5:25


Videos: Security Researchers Develop Apps to Hack Alexa, Google Home Devices

Videos: Security Researchers Develop Apps to Hack Alexa, Google Home Devices

Security research hackers have developed third-party apps that can secretly listen to people’s conversations via Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices.

Germany’s Security Research Labs released a statement Sunday confirming that it was able to successfully develop eight voice apps – called “skills” on Alexa and “actions” on Google Home – that posed as astrology and random number generator apps. The programs were able to listen to people’s conversations through these speaker devices. The apps, which bypassed Amazon and Google’s security checkpoints for third-party apps, also tricked users into inputting their passwords by giving them fake notifications about software updates.

A Google spokesperson also confirmed to Business Insider that it is taking steps to prevent such security lapses from being exploited again.

This is not the first time that security loopholes have been identified in popular virtual assistant devices. Last year, security researchers identified an error allowing a malicious app to spy on people’s conversations through an Alexa even when the app wasn’t in use.

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