Now that Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant have moved from the fringe to the mainstream, we can expect to see targeted attacks of these popular voice interfaces.
In 2018, professors at Technion Israel Institute of Technology and researchers at McAfee independently found flaws in Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant.
When security testing firm Checkmarx conducted penetration testing on Alexa, it inadvertently allowed potential hackers to make Echo listen continuously, rather than only when prompted by a user. (Amazon fixed the vulnerability as soon as it was notified.)
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