Hackers manage – just – to turn Amazon Echoes into snooping devices

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DEF CON Hackers have managed to hack Amazon’s Echo digital assistant and effectively turn it into a listening device, albeit through a complex and hard-to-reproduce approach. Talking at the DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, two Chinese security researchers working for Tencent, outlined how they had used a specially modified Echo to access other Echos on the same wireless network and then turn them into bugging devices.

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