Amazon Alexa

Smashing Security #151: Frankly, sometimes paying the ransom is a good idea

Remember how the City of Baltimore was badly hit by ransomware earlier this year? Turns out that wasn’t the end of their problems. Also, Carole takes a look at how smart speakers can be hacked to trick you into giving criminals your passwords or even credit card details. And we discuss the findings of the LastPass global password security report.

All this, and much much more, in the latest “Smashing Security” podcast.

bitdefender.com

Alexa and Google Home devices can be exploited to eavesdrop on users, phish passwords

Researchers have shown just how easy it is for third-parties to exploit the so-called “smart” speakers that many home owners have purchased to eavesdrop on conversations and even steal passwords and credit card details.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.

Smashing Security #080: Country bans Facebook, eavesdropping Alexa, and PornHub VPN

The country of Papua New Guinea is planning a month-long nationwide ban of Facebook, PornHub wants to keep your online activities more private, and Amazon Alexa forwards a married couple’s private conversation to a random contact.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest 100% GDPR-compliant edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by ESET’s Tommi Uhlemann.

welivesecurity.com

Woman says Alexa recorded and shared the private conversation she was having with her husband

It’s every Amazon Alexa owner’s worst nightmare – your private conversations not just being listened to, but shared with random contacts without your knowledge.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

Smashing Security #065: Cryptominomania, Poppy, and your Amazon Alexa

Cryptomining goes nuclear, YouTube for Kids gets scary, and TV ads have been given the green light to mess with your Amazon Alexa.

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

tripwire.com

How hackers could send secret commands to speech recognition systems with ultrasound

Chinese security researchers have discovered a way to send secret, inaudible commands to speech recognition systems such as Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Home using ultrasound.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.