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Amazon Alexa security bug allowed access to voice history

2020-08-14 18:00 by
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A report released Thursday by intelligence provider Check Point Research highlights recent security vulnerabilities found in Amazon Alexa, which could have given attackers access to the confidential information of users.

Amazon has patched the flaws, but the vulnerability could have also yielded profile information, including home address, as well as all of the "skills," or apps, the user had added for Alexa. An attacker could have even deleted an existing skill and installed a malicious one to grab more data after the initial attack.

"The security of our devices is a top priority, and we appreciate the work of independent researchers like Check Point who bring potential issues to us," an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill. "We fixed this issue soon after it was brought to our attention, and we continue to further strengthen our systems. We are not aware of any cases of this vulnerability being used against our customers or of any customer information being exposed."

Alexa is one of the world's most popular AI assistants, boasting tens of millions of users across the world. People use the service for listening to music, managing their calendar, operating smart home products and other reasons.

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