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Internal threats: Amazon Alexa, “unfortunate case of human error and an isolated incident”

Internal threats: Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa user receives 1,700 audio recordings of a stranger through ‘human error’

When a person using Amazon’s voice assistant in Germany requested to listen to his archive of recordings, he got much more than he was expecting.

Along with receiving his own audio history captured by a home microphone, the user also gained access to 1,700 audio files from a person he did not know.

Amazon sent the man a link that contained a stranger’s recordings, allowing him to listen to another man speaking inside his home with a female companion, Reuters reported Thursday, citing a German trade magazine, c’t.

“This was an unfortunate case of human error and an isolated incident,” Amazon told The Washington Post in a statement Thursday.

Picture: The Amazon Echo Plus (David Ryder for The Washington Post)

More information:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/12/20/amazon-alexa-user-receives-audio-recordings-stranger-through-human-error/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.152b39e03b02