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8/5/17 LME Weekly Summary

8/5/17 LME Weekly Summary

Links to all of the previous week’s posts along with a brief summary of each.

You Don’t Need To Worry About That Echo Hacking Story

You Don’t Need To Worry About That Echo Hacking Story

Scary-sounding news of an un-patchable vulnerability in the Echo is misleading.

Echo Security Concerns

Echo Security Concerns

Earlier this month SlashGear reported on Echo owner Robert Paradiso, who hacked together an Echo / Raspberry Pi system for controlling a power wheelchair with his voice. Here’s the video, from YouTube.     Paradiso explains in the video description: “Using a Raspberry Pi running a Hue emulator, Echo ‘thinks’ it’s turning lights on and […]

Don’t Believe The Paranoid Types & Luddites: No, Alexa Does NOT Eavesdrop On Your Conversations

Don’t Believe The Paranoid Types & Luddites: No, Alexa Does NOT Eavesdrop On Your Conversations

*SIGH* Another day, another grossly misleading, click-baity article about people who are convinced their Echo is spying on them. We might expect this sort of Cold War era throwback thinking from Pravda (Amazon issues spying device to bug everything you say), but shame on you for engaging in the same kinds of groundless scare tactics, […]

Is Alexa Spying On You?

Is Alexa Spying On You?

In a word, no. A Google search will turn up plenty of paranoid ravings about Amazon gathering Echo owners’ private conversations without their permission or knowledge, but take those posts for what they are: paranoid ravings. The Echo is always on and always listening for your chosen wake word, but Alexa doesn’t start paying attention […]

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