Researchers have found new ways that bad actors can exploit Alexa and Google Home smart speakers to spy on users. This time the hack not only includes eavesdroping, but also includes voice-phishing, or using people’s voice cues to determine passwords.
The vulnerability lies in small apps created by developers for the devices to extend their capability called Skills for Alexa and second app called Actions on Google Home, according to a report by Security Research Labs (SRLabs). These apps “can be abused to listen in on users or vish (voice phish) their passwords,” researchers said.
“The privacy implications of an internet-connected microphone listening in to what you say are further reaching than previously understood,” researchers wrote in their report. “Users need to be more aware of the potential of malicious voice apps that abuse their smart speakers.”
Developer interfaces used by Security Research Labs researchers to turn digital home assistants into ‘Smart Spies’.