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This piece of music could stop your Amazon Alexa from working


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This piece of music could stop your Amazon Alexa from working

Technology 6 November 2019 By Layal Liverpool Alexa features on a range of devices, including the Amazon EchoRussell Hart / Alamy Stock PhotoAlexa, can you hear me? Researchers have discovered a way to jam Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa from responding to commands. “It was easier to exploit than we expected,” says Juncheng Li at Carnegie…

This piece of music could stop your Amazon Alexa from working


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6 November 2019

By Layal Liverpool

Amazon Echo

Alexa features on a range of devices, including the Amazon Echo

Russell Hart / Alamy Stock Photo

Alexa, can you hear me? Researchers have discovered a way to jam Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa from responding to commands.

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“It was easier to exploit than we expected,” says Juncheng Li at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.

He and his colleagues created an audio clip that prevents Amazon’s system from responding to the “Alexa” command word if it is played as you are speaking. Li says he expects that similar attacks would work against other voice assistants too. “These systems are all …

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