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Amazon Echo's voice assistant can easily be 'hijacked' by your radio or TV

March 11, 2016 - Uncategorized

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The Amazon Echo, our favorite gadget of 2015, has quickly become the smart home hub that everyone is gushing over. With voice commands, the ability to play music from the cloud, fast weather and sports scores, and control of your smart home devices — all done in a fast, intuitive way — it feels like something straight out of Star Trek.

Because the Echo is always listening for commands, users have started discovering that it can be “hijacked” whenever it hears it’s activation phrase “Alexa,” even if it’s not from a person that’s actually in the room.

Several listeners of the NPR-produced Listen Up radio show wrote to its host Rachel Martin to inform her that a segment discussing the Echo had triggered their own Echo devices. Read more…

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Source: Mashable

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