02 Mar 2021

Amazon Dismisses Claims Alexa ‘Skills’ Can Bypass Security Vetting Process

Researchers have allegedly located several security issues in Amazon’s Alexa skill vetting process, claiming that they could be exploited to steal data or launch phishing attacks against users of the technology. After alerting Amazon to the fact that Alexa is vulnerable to malicious third-party skills, Amazon dismissed the claim. Researchers

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12 Nov 2020

Amazon Says Alexa Can Predict ‘Latent’ Requests—Even If You Don’t Say Them

Amazon has stated that its in-home voice assistant technology Alexa can anticipate and respond to user requests that are not explicitly stated, called a latent request. The company made the announcement on Wednesday, and critics have already called the new feature creepy and have expressed concerns over privacy violations over

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17 Aug 2020

Amazon Alexa Vulnerabilities Could Have Exposed User Data

Researchers at Check Point security have identified vulnerabilities within Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa. The series of vulnerabilities could allow for a variety of attacks against the device. Check Point found Cross-Origin Resource Sharing misconfiguration attacks and Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) bugs on Amazon and Alexa subdomains. This allowed the researchers to

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13 Aug 2020

Amazon Alexa ‘One-Click’ Attack Can Divulge Personal Data

A shocking new report by researchers at Check Point security exposes a critical vulnerability in Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant platform that could be leveraged by attackers to access banking data history, home addresses, and other personally identifiable information. Check Point researchers found several web application flaws on Amazon Alexa subdomains

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29 Apr 2020

Privacy Options Don’t Boost Trust in Voice Assistants

According to new research, giving users the option of adjusting privacy settings on voice assistants like Alexa does not ensure that consumers will increase their trust in the technology. A new study proves that it may even have an unfavorable effect. Researchers found that trust in Amazon Alexa went up

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22 Nov 2019

Optus opens privacy can of worms with programmable voice play

Australian telco company Optus recently introduced a service that transcribes phone call interaction between customers and a call center officer. Seow Yoke Kong, Optus VP of IT, labeled the feature as assisting the Optus employee by taking notes from the phone call, saving them “five minutes” not having to take

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