Amazon's Alexa 'heard and sent private chat'

Friday, 25 May 2018, 04:47 Hrs
cmt right
Comment Right
cmt right
cmt right
Printer Print Email Email

alexaA private conversation between a couple in the US was recorded by Alexa and then sent to a random person in their contact list. Tech giant Amazon has offered "a rather convoluted explanation", said the media.

The couple from Portland in Oregon had joked that their Amazon Alexa might be listening in to their private conversations. 

Not long after that they discovered a conversation was indeed recorded by the virtual assistant developed by Amazon - and then sent to an apparently random person in their contact list.

"Unplug your Alexa devices right now!" warned the puzzled recipient, according to ABC affiliate station KIRO7.

The couple who did not wish to reveal their full identity spoke to KIRO7 on a first name basis. 

Describing the rather alarming chain of events, Danielle said her husband received audio files of recordings from inside their house from a colleague, the BBC reported.

"At first, my husband was, like, 'no you didn't!' And his colleague told him: 'You sat there talking about hardwood floors.' That's when Danielle and her partner realised, "he really did hear us".

Amazon has an explanation as to what happened. "Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like 'Alexa'. Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a 'send message' request.

"At which point, Alexa said out loud 'To whom?' At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer's contact list."

"Alexa then asked out loud, '(contact name), right?' Alexa then interpreted background conversation as 'right'," an Amazon spokesperson said.

Amazon said: "We are evaluating options to make this case even less likely."

Danielle, however, told ABC that there were no audible warnings from Alexa.

Read more news:

How SEO Builds Your Brand

4 Curious Facts About Cakes & Baking You didn't Know

Source: IANS
Facebook denies cyber attack
Facebook ruled out a cyber attack on its products Whatsapp, Instagram and Messenger, which suf..
IBM announces programme
n a bid to recognise the contribution of developers in the open source community, Information ..
Google's Gboard gets offline
Google is adding an Artificially Intelligent (AI) offline dictation feature on its Gboard keyb..
Wipro opens third industrial
IT major Wipro Ltd on Thursday opened its centre of excellence for Industrial Internet of Things (..