This is very surprising. No one could have ever guessed this would happen in a billion years.
> Alexa and Google Home abused to eavesdrop and phish passwords
@art OH MY GOD! MY BLACKED.COM PASSWORD!
Cripes, man, they willingly paid actual money to have a surveillance device in their home. How did they THINK that was going to turn out?
It isn't as crazy as you suggest. For one, the article is about security researchers who made POC exploits for the 3rd party app api, which is not well-used. For two, it's sort of unsurprising that new application models need to grow and have new security stories worked out. Voice computing as a primary interface has only really been a serious option for less than a decade.
There are unfortunately very few devices that can replace these devices for their audiences. It'd be great if we could see the free software community address this space, but I suspect they won't anytime soon.
@art Hold on a minute here
Are you telling me that putting a web-enabled always-on microphone in my home introduces security issues?
@W10x12_UNO it's not web enabled nor is it always on. You can verify this on your network if you want.
@endomain I was being lazy with my words, when I should have said internet-connected and it most certainly is always on, otherwise it wouldn't be able to tell when you say the wake up phrases. Whether it is constantly sending data is another matter, but it's always listening.
@art that one needs to be filed under "fluke" ;)
@art And Amazon wants me to put a camera in my bedroom to help me with me fashion. No thanks, Amazon.
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