'Voice-activated digital assistants can be remotely hijacked by lasers as far as 350 feet away and made to order products, start cars, and otherwise drive a smart-home owner crazy, researchers have discovered.
Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa, and Apple’s Siri can be remotely hijacked from hundreds of feet away with lasers pointed at their microphones, researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo found. The takeover is instantaneous and silent – a well-placed command to turn the device’s volume down to zero would ensure that even its spoken responses could go unnoticed by its hapless owner.
Read more: As if listening to you have sex wasn’t bad enough, Siri and Alexa can also be hijacked by LASERS, researchers find
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