Smart Speaker Apps Caught Snooping Around Homes

Flaws in Amazon and Google smart speakers can expose users to eavesdropping and voice phishing. Researchers at Security Research Labs discovered that developers could create malicious apps for the Amazon and Google platforms to turn the smart speakers into smart spies. Using the standard development interfaces for the platforms, the researchers found a way to request and collect personal data from users, including passwords, and to eavesdrop on users after they believed the smart speaker had stopped listening.

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