IoT
12/21/2018
11:30 AM
100%
0%

Amazon Slip-Up Shows How Much Alexa Really Knows

Amazon mistakenly sent one user's Alexa recordings to a stranger but neglected to disclose the error.

Your worst fears about home assistants came true for one Amazon customer whose Alexa recordings were accidentally sent to a complete stranger. Amazon failed to disclose the mistake, but don't worry: The recipient learned enough about the Alexa owner to reach out.

It started when a German Amazon customer requested his Amazon-owned data, which he has a right to do under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). After several weeks, the company sent a downloadable 100-Mb zip file. Some of its contents reflected the customer's Amazon searches. However, hundreds were .wav files and one contained transcripts of voice commands recorded by Alexa. The person had never owned an Alexa, so he reported the issue to Amazon, which did not respond but killed the link to the data.

However, the customer had already saved the files, so he reached out to German magazine c't because he worried Amazon hadn't shared the mistake with the data's rightful owner. By listening to the files, the publication was able to learn the person's name, habits, jobs, musical taste, and more intimate details that "got our hair standing on end," the report states. First and last names helped determine his close friends; Facebook and Twitter data filled in more of the details.

C't learned enough about the victim to contact him and inform him of the mistake. Amazon did not share the error with him, he said, but the company later contacted both the victim and accidental recipient. It claims a staff member made "a one-time error," Gizmodo reports.

Read more details here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
REISEN1955
50%
50%
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
1/15/2019 | 8:05:55 AM
Re: Hard versus soft copy
Agree about 90% but in the connected world it is almost impossible to keep EVERYTHING offline.  I live with a secure (I Hope) cloud backup but generally have three hard drives (right, 3) that are TURNED OFF on my main system and turned on ONLY when I scan new data to them and then hard turn off again.  I know being on for a few seconds, well, a risk but you cannot live totally 100% SAFE in this world anymore.  Let's get did of Social Security numbers being personal identifiers for a start.  But I am protected nine times over for Ransomware, I could survive that with a ghost image of primary drive and 3 drives for backup restoration.  
PaulChau
50%
50%
PaulChau,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/15/2019 | 2:49:07 AM
Hard versus soft copy
And folks, this is why there will always be people who will stick to paper and pen despite all of the technology in the world available at their fingertips. Sure it might be convenient to put all of your data into storage online, but if it's any information worth anything of value, you write it down and keep it under lock and key physically rather than on a network!
ChristopherJames
50%
50%
ChristopherJames,
User Rank: Strategist
1/4/2019 | 4:42:38 AM
Across the digital world
Isn't it frightening to know just how much personal info we are actually trading across the digital world without our knowledge? We could become ever so complacent about our digital activities that we overlook the actual security behind them. We might see them as harmless activities but in actual fact, we are actually disclosing our most intimate secrets to the whole world wide web.
Crowdsourced vs. Traditional Pen Testing
Alex Haynes, Chief Information Security Officer, CDL,  3/19/2019
BEC Scammer Pleads Guilty
Dark Reading Staff 3/20/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: Well, at least it isn't Mobby Dick!
Current Issue
5 Emerging Cyber Threats to Watch for in 2019
Online attackers are constantly developing new, innovative ways to break into the enterprise. This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at five emerging attack trends and exploits your security team should look out for, along with helpful recommendations on how you can prevent your organization from falling victim.
Flash Poll
The State of Cyber Security Incident Response
The State of Cyber Security Incident Response
Organizations are responding to new threats with new processes for detecting and mitigating them. Here's a look at how the discipline of incident response is evolving.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-9923
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-22
pax_decode_header in sparse.c in GNU Tar before 1.32 had a NULL pointer dereference when parsing certain archives that have malformed extended headers.
CVE-2019-9924
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-22
rbash in Bash before 4.4-beta2 did not prevent the shell user from modifying BASH_CMDS, thus allowing the user to execute any command with the permissions of the shell.
CVE-2019-9925
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-22
S-CMS PHP v1.0 has XSS in 4.edu.php via the S_id parameter.
CVE-2019-9927
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-22
Caret before 2019-02-22 allows Remote Code Execution.
CVE-2019-9936
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-22
In SQLite 3.27.2, running fts5 prefix queries inside a transaction could trigger a heap-based buffer over-read in fts5HashEntrySort in sqlite3.c, which may lead to an information leak. This is related to ext/fts5/fts5_hash.c.