Amazon’s ubiquitous Echo devices hit headlines this year for emitting ‘evil’ and ‘witch-like’ laughs and refusing to obey their owners.
But a rogue Echo has just done something even more alarming – it secretly recorded a woman’s conversation and sent it to one of her friends.
The woman, named only as Danielle, told Portland radio station KIRO 7, that she received a call from a friend warning her she had been ‘hacked’.
The device had recorded and transmitted a whole private conversation – thankfully, just one about hardwood floors.
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Danielle said, ‘’We unplugged all of them and he proceeded to tell us that he had received audio files of recordings from inside our house.
‘I felt invaded. Immediately I said, “I’m never plugging that device in again, because I can’t trust it.’
Amazon said that the device appeared to have switched on by accident and transmitted a voice message, saying it was a ‘rare occurrence’.
A spokesman said, ‘Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like “Alexa”. Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a “send message” request’
‘At which point, Alexa said out loud “To whom?”‘
‘At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list’