Articles for April 2018

Amazon Alexa Has Got Some Serious Skills—Spying On Users!

“Alexa, are you spying on me?” — aaaa…..mmmm…..hmmm…..maybe!!!

Security researchers have developed a new malicious ‘skill’ for Amazon’s popular voice assistant Alexa that can turn your Amazon Echo into a full-fledged spying device.

Amazon Echo is an always-listening voice-activated smart home speaker that allows you to get things done by using your voice, like playing music, setting alarms, and answering questions.

However, the device doesn’t remain activated all the time; instead, it sleeps until the user says, “Alexa,” and by default, it ends a session after some duration.

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Russian hacker warning: How to protect yourself from network attacks

Businesses and governments have been urged to keep their network security up to date following a warning from US and UK authorities about the risk of cyber attack from hackers backed by Russia.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) issued an alert over exploits in routers and other internet connected devices used in homes, small businesses and large organisations, which are said to be vulnerable to cyber attacks.

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