Now Hear This: Alexa and Google Home Eavesdropping Hack Remains Unfixed

By B.N. Frank

Baby monitors, home assistants, security systems, and other common wireless and “Smart” devices seem to be easy targets for hackers (see 1, 2, 3).

Thanks to Threatpost for reporting more unsettling news for Alexa and Google Home users:

Months after researchers disclosed a new way to exploit Alexa and Google Home smart speakers to spy on users, those same researchers now warn that Amazon and Google have yet to create effective ways to prevent the eavesdropping hack.

The researchers who in October disclosed the “Smart Spies” hack, which enables eavesdropping, voice-phishing, or using people’s voice cues to determine passwords, told Threatpost this week that little has been done to prevent the hacks from being launched.

The cheapest and easiest way to avoid being hacked seems to be by avoiding wireless and “Smart” devices as well as Internet of Things (IoT) applications.  Many security experts advise against using IoT because it is so easy to hack (see 1, 2) plus it has a 74% failure rate.

Wireless and “Smart” devices also emit Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) aka “Electrosmog” which can make people and animals sick (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  Many would agree that being sick is about as much fun as being hacked and spied on.

Activist Post reports regularly about unsafe technology.  For more information, visit our archives.

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