Your Alexa could be hacked just by clicking a single Amazon link – letting hackers listen in on your home
ALEXA speakers could be hacked if a user clicked a single dodgy Amazon link, cyber-experts have warned.
The scam would allow hackers to snoop on your private conversations – and even find out your home address.
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Hackers could create a dodgy link that looked like it was designed to install an app for your Alexa.
But it would actually exploit a flaw in Amazon’s own systems, turning your Alexa against you.
This would give hackers almost total access to your Alexa speaker, seriously compromising your privacy.
“Successful exploitation would have required just one click on an Amazon link that has been specially crated by the attacker,” said Dikla Barda, of Checkpoint Research, who helped discover the flaw.
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The dangerous scam can have serious implications for your privacy.
If they gain access to your Alexa, hackers can silently install apps on your account.
They can learn about all of the apps you have on the account, and even remove them.
Hackers can also download your entire voice history, letting them listen in on private conversations.
And they’ll be able to nab your personal info more generally too.
This includes your home address, and any other details you’ve got stored on your profile.
“Virtual assistants are used in Smart Homes to control everyday IoT devices such as lights, A/C, vacuum cleaners, electricity and entertainment,” Dikla explained.
“This makes virtual assistants an attractive target for attackers looking to steal private and sensitive information, or to disrupt an individual’s smart home environment.
“Cybercriminals are continually looking for new ways to breach devices, or use them to infect other critical systems
“They must be kept secured at all times to keep hackers from infiltrating our smart homes.”
Checkpoint Research says that Amazon has now fixed the flaw.
We’ve asked Amazon for comment and will update this story with any response.
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