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Amazon-Panne : customer received a stranger Alexa-voice recording

Intimate voice recordings from the residential premises of a user of Amazon's assistant, Alexa reached by a glitch in the wrong hands. The incident was uncover

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Amazon-Panne : customer received a stranger Alexa-voice recording

Intimate voice recordings from the residential premises of a user of Amazon's assistant, Alexa reached by a glitch in the wrong hands. The incident was uncovered by the German magazine "c't", the confidential audio files were leaked. Amazon spoke on Thursday of an "isolated case" and referred to measures to be taken.

such As the "c't" in the current issue reported, had requested an Amazon customer of the German subsidiary of the group, information about the data stored by him. Two months later, he had had access to an archive, in which also around 1700 Audio files in WAV Format were. The customer have, however, used his voice wizard never.

Under the Amazon files sent to several foreign records, with which the man had contacted the editors of the "c't" were, according to the sheet. The recordings were therefore audible from the intimate sphere, reported the journal.

From the voice recordings would have been able to attract the editors to draw conclusions, that at least one of the Echo speakers in the living areas and also in the bathroom. From the questions asked about the weather at specific places and the mention of a first name and a last name to have been able to finally identify the Person and contact with him.

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It was an "unfortunate event" as a result of "human error," said Amazon in a statement. More detailed information, as it can come, made by the company. Amazon have resolved the Problem but in the meantime, with the two participating customers and measures to further improve the processes taken, it said. "We were also, as a precaution, in contact with the competent authorities", said Amazon. (dpa)

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