Amazon Echo could be recording your conversations secretly

Gwen Vasquez
May 25, 2018

A woman named Danielle from Portland, Oregon claims a private conversation was recorded by the device and then send over 170 miles to the phone of a complete stranger in Seattle, Washington.

However, Alexa's integration into society has been rocked by the claims of a family from Portland in the United States saying a private conversation was recorded by the diminutive device.

The family also contacted Amazon to report the incident.

Responding to the mysterious incident, Amazon told The Verge that the couple's voice assistant seems to have overheard the conversation in a different room and misinterpreted some of the words as commands.

In the above statement, Amazon blamed Alexa for misinterpreting the background conversation as commands given to the smart speaker.

The speaker later heard "send message" during the conversation, at which point the device asked, "to whom?"

"I felt invaded, like total privacy invasion", Danielle said.

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The statement continued: "As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely".

"Unplug your Alexa devices right now, you're being hacked", Danielle recalled the voice saying. "At first, my husband was, like, 'No, you didn't!' And the [recipient of the message] said, 'You sat there talking about hardwood floors.' And we said, 'Oh gosh, you really did hear us'".

Amazon Alexa caught recording a private conversation and then forwarding it to a random person on contact list.

Alexa starts recording after hearing its name or another "wake word" chosen by users, meaning that even having a TV switched on can result in the device being activated. This was a conversation Danielle didn't know was being recorded.

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Amazon's digital assistant Alexa has yet again goofed up in the age of digital. "These are potential surveillance devices, and we have invited them further and further into our lives without examining how that could go wrong".

Danielle then called Amazon and the company sent an Alexa engineer to investigate the matter. Amazon quickly fixed the vulnerability after researchers alerted the company.

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