The spy in your house?

“Privacy became a top-of-mind issue with the introduction of personal assistants like the Siri-enabled Apple HomePod, Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo. Many believed these products could be used as tapping devices.

Turns out they were right, as evidenced by two researchers who fed malware to Amazon’s Echo and turned it into a “bug.”

Although technically always on, voice-enabled assistants stream information to and from the cloud only after a key wake-up signal – in the case of Echo, calling out the name of the AI persona that does the talking: Alexa.