Alexa

Smashing Security #148: Billboard boobs, face forensics, and Alexa gets way too personal

Drivers are distracted by a hacked billboard, we take a deeper look at how the deepfake problem has… uh… deepened, and Carole is less than happy about Amazon’s announcement about new Alexa integrations.

All this, an annoying goose, and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.


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Smashing Security #145: Apple and Google willy wave while home assistants spy – DoH!

Apple’s furious with Google over iPhone hacking attacks against Uyghur Muslims in China, DNS-over-HTTPS is good for privacy but makes ISPs angry, and concern over digital assistants listening to our private moments continues to rise.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by journalist John Leyden.


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Amazon now lets you opt-out of having humans review your Alexa conversations

Now it’s Amazon’s turn to respond to growing concerns about sensitive personal conversations recorded by digital home assistants are being reviewed by third-party contractors.


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Smashing Security #124: Poisoned porn ads, the A word, and why why why Wipro?

The hacker who lived the high life after spreading malware via porn sites, Wipro demonstrates how to turn a cybersecurity crisis into a PR disaster, and why are humans listening in to your Alexa conversations?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by special guest Brian Honan.


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The Amazon Echo (Horror) Show

Well done. You just paid $299 for the benefit of having a Peeping Tom in your kitchen.


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Amazon Echo Look: Super or Scary?

My reaction when I heard that Amazon had added a camera to the next generation of its Alexa-powered Echo device was a mixture of revulsion and head-shaking inevitability.

But what do you think? Take our poll and share your thoughts.


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It makes good security sense to change Alexa’s name – here’s how

Waking your Alexa device should be as hard for an unauthorised party to do as guessing your password.


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TV News anchor says ‘Alexa, buy me a dollhouse’ with predictable results…

Amazon’s voice-activated assistant Alexa – which powers the likes of the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot – has a problem.


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