New information that sees the spotlight reveal that devices preinstalled with Google Assistant, as well as Alexa, can be exploited by hackers.
This is not the first time it is known that Google’s and Amazon’s digital assistants can be used for malicious purposes by third parties in order to monitor a home or help hackers in a phishing attack to extract personal data. Both Google and Amazon have been making corrective actions several times in order to stop the consequences of the security gaps that have arisen.
ZD Net publishes new data that has emerged from the study by researchers at Security Research Labs and shows that the tool that companies give to developers in order to develop their own applications by integrating these digital assistants can be the backdoor through which a hacker can gain control of home assistants.
The worrying thing is that -according to researchers always- it is estimated that it is very easy for someone to gain control over the applications’ functions, which they find to have a problem and immediately after they gain control of the critical security functions. As an app with Google Assistant and Alexa appears to have a problem in its operation, it remains active and can thus launch a phishing attack. Similar appears to be the logic in attacks where a hacker wants to overhear or monitor a home.
According to ZD Net, Google and Amazon announced that they have taken steps to prevent this problem from occurring, while they note that under no circumstances, any digital assistant will ask a user to enter his/her password into a service.