New Alexa, Google Home Hack Enables Eavesdropping on Users

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Researchers this week disclosed new ways that attackers can exploit Alexa and Google Home smart speakers to spy on users. The hacks, which rely on the abuse of "skills," or apps for voice assistants, allow bad actors to eavesdrop on users and trick them into telling them their passwords over the smart assistant devices.

Threatpost discusses the new hack with Karsten Nohl, managing director at Security Research Labs, who was behind the research.

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