Researchers uncover smart speaker hack that forces device to speak to itself


The Amazon Echo smart speaker vulnerability enables hackers to use the device to issue malicious commands to itself, like making calls or unauthorised purchases. — Amazon

Putting the echo in Amazon’s Echo, an exploit was found that enabled hackers to force the smart speaker to issue commands to itself.

Security researchers Sergio Esposito and Daniele Sgandurra of Royal Holloway University and Giampaolo Bella of the University of Catania reported that by hijacking the smart speaker, hackers could issue malicious commands like unlocking doors, making phone calls and even making unauthorised purchases.

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