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Fox Business Briefs: Amazon to launch new tools to enable users to have control over the stored voice recordings on their, Alexa, devices, surrounded by a variety of different privacy-related issues.
Voice assistants, such as Amazon’s Alexa, in Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant, it can be hacked by shining a laser on the devices’ microphones, according to an international team of researchers in the field.
The name, “the Light Commands” hack “allows attackers to remotely inject and almost inaudible, and invisible to the command in the voice of the assistants,” according to a statement by experts from the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo and at the University of Michigan.
Due to the MEMS technology (Microelectro-Mechanical-Systems) microphones, are using the lasers, the researchers say they were able to get the microphone to respond to light and sound. “The use of this effect, we can inject the sound of microphones by simply modulating the amplitude of laser light,” they wrote in the research paper.
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In their study, the authors used the lasers to be in full control of the voice assistant, at distances of up to a maximum of 110 meters (361 feet).
“We have to show that user authentication on these devices is often lacking or non-existent, thus allowing the attacker to make use of the light injected into the voice command for the display of the target smartlock-protected front doors to open the doors of the garage, the shop, on e-commerce websites for the purpose of the expense, or even find it, unlock it, and start a variety of vehicles (e.g., Tesla, and Ford), which is associated with the target Google account,” they wrote.
The researchers have shared their findings with the Amazon, Apple, Google, Tesla, and Ford. “Then We have kept in contact with the security teams of these vendors, as well as working with ICS-CERT and the FDA,” they said, noting that the findings have been published in the “consensus date” of Nov. 4.
The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (cert strives for a reduction of the risk to the nation’s critical infrastructure by forging strong partnerships between the government and the industry.
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“The confidence and trust of the customer is our top priority, and we take the safety and security of its customers and to the safety and security of our products seriously,” an Amazon spokesperson told Fox News, via e-mail. “We are, in the view of this study, with the authors to learn more about their line of work.”
“We have worked closely with the research paper. The security of our users is our primary concern and we are always looking for new ways to improve the security of our devices, ” a Google spokesman told Fox News, via e-mail.
Apple, Tesla and Ford have not yet responded to a request for comment for this story.
Of Privacy and have been around for a voice-assistant for a number of years. Amazon’s popular Echo, for example, has on several occasions examined the processing of the personal information of the user. In the midst of concerns about privacy, as Amazon announced recently, the new tools So users have more control over your saved recordings.
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So, it is at the top of Amazon’s efforts to be able to take advantage of the so-called ” Internet of Things, which is intended to be connected to a wide range of consumer gadgets.
In order to keep their data locked down, Amazon’s customers will be able to be a voice of the Pins for the grocery shopping, the smart-home requests, such as unlocking the doors and gain access to sensitive information, such as the banking industry.
It should be noted that the connection of a voice assistant, using a laser that requires both the expertise and the specialized equipment, as well as to have an unobstructed view of the target.
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However, other factors will limit the extent of the researchers’ projects. For example, in the study, the experts said that while they were able to get it to lock and unlock the doors, and the trunk of a Tesla Model S with Google’s Assistant is the EV car, the app has been installed, they will not be able to start the car without the key close by.
On a Ford car, and the researchers say they were able to open the doors and start the engine using the Ford-Pass application. However, the movement of the vehicle in “park” immediately stopped the engine and prevented the vehicle from being driven, they wrote.
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