"Unplug Your Alexa Devices Right Now... You're Being Hacked"

"Unplug your Alexa devices right now...You're being hacked."

That was the disturbing message that a Portland family received just weeks after installing the Amazon listening devices throughout their home.

As KIRO7 reports, Danielle, who did not want us to use her last name, contacted Amazon to investigate after they say a private conversation in their home was recorded by Amazon's Alexa, and that the recorded audio was sent to the phone of a random person in Seattle, who was in the family’s contact list.

"My husband and I would joke and say I'd bet these devices are listening to what we're saying," said Danielle.

After receiving the call above from one of her husband's employees - who was in the family’s contact list - Danielle says she unplugged all the devices, and she repeatedly called Amazon. She says an Alexa engineer investigated.

"We unplugged all of them and he proceeded to tell us that he had received audio files of recordings from inside our house," she said. "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.'"

"I felt invaded," she said. "A total privacy invasion. Immediately I said, 'I'm never plugging that device in again, because I can't trust it.'"

Danielle says the engineer did not provide specifics about why it happened, or if it's a widespread issue.

"He told us that the device just guessed what we were saying," she said.

Danielle said the device did not audibly advise her it was preparing to send the recording, something it’s programmed to do.

When KIRO 7 asked Amazon questions, they sent this response:

Amazon takes privacy very seriously. We investigated what happened and determined this was an extremely rare occurrence. We are taking steps to avoid this from happening in the future."

This is not the first 'anomaly' that has occurred with these domestic spying devices.

In March, many recent new owners of Amazon's Alexa devices have been rudely woken by "bone-chillingly creepy" laughing from their AI friend.

So far, no attempt has been made top blame 'Russian hackers' for this "creepy" laughter or the recording of people's conversations in the privacy of their own homes... though we suspect it will not be long.

Comments

Looney macholatte Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:30 Permalink

 

We are taking steps to avoid this from happening in the future

Deutsche Bank, Equifax, Wells Fargo, Facebook, Amazon, Tesla, etc., those lazy assholes don’t even bother phrasing it differently…

On the other hand, why bother? They know full well that their fuckups WILL happen again!   ;-)

Looney

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Zerogenous_Zone JRobby Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:42 Permalink

the newer phones are actively listening as well...and transmitting location data...

 

all in the name of 'localized marketing' initiatives or some other such BS...

 

literally shut your phones OFF when not in use...who cares if you lose it (unless you're a triggering phone-zombie)

 

zerogenous_zone

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MoreSun Fish Gone Bad Thu, 05/24/2018 - 19:12 Permalink

The JIDF (jewish internet defense force) jew supremacists have been using Alexa to help shut down any perceived opposition to so-called israel or any jew supremacist activities.

These jew supremacist foreign agents work in your country (USA), against your country and against your citizens. 

In quotations below are excerpts from the JIDF site.

"Many readers desire to support our (JDIF) work in more significant ways, but are are not sure how. 

  1. Download and use the Alexa toolbar for firefox and set the JIDF to your homepage.  This tool allows you to see the rankings and detailed information of all the sites you visit.  Those who use it help the Alexa rankings of the sites they visit.  You may also write a positive review of the JIDF on Alexa. 
  2. Keep us posted of your work "behind the scenes," so we can take the time to properly thank you! After all, the JIDF is nothing without your help in keeping this effort alive and thriving! Help us take it to the next levels so we can be even more effective!"

To stop these jew supremacist zio-terrorists:

VOTE "Patrick Little" for U.S. Senate in California June 5th !!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-W_WwSknIc&t=22s

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Automatic Choke Shillinlikeavillan Fri, 05/25/2018 - 03:18 Permalink

DON'T JUST UNPLUG IT:

    -   remove all batteries

    -   disconnect all internal connections, separate all circuit boards and other components -- preferably at least 10 feet between each to avoid spontaneous reconnection

    -   smash each component with a ball peen hammer until all remains consist of granules smaller than rice crispies

    -   immerse remains in water at least 24 hours

    -   afterwards, place soggy remains in a metal lined bag, and drive a wooden stake through the bag.   then bury it in the dark of the moon at least 100 yards away from your sleeping area.

    -   for extra precaution, interfere with eavesdropping in your home by constant 100 dB amplification of "scratching" sound from old LPs, as used in rap & hip-hop music

    -   weld your bedroom door shut.

 

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zpinch HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:31 Permalink

BUT BUT...TECHNOLOGEEEEEEE!!!!!! FALCON9! !!! GIMME TECHNOLOGEEEEEEEE!!! I WANN ORBIT THE EARTH NAD LOSE MY BONE MASS!!!  GIMME GIMEE!!! ...only shithead earth h8trs wanna live in orbit coz they fucked it up for everyone else i say yeah lets put em in orbit! shoot em up there by all means go to the moon, go to mars, just gtfo here! soros koch bros jaime dimon jeffery bezos et all oh yeah buffet and his family except for the granddaughter he he adopted then disowned...she can stay

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