Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri can be fooled by 'silent' commands

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That means if you fire up the wrong playlist-a malicious one-it may sound like everything is normal, but in reality someone is attacking your phone or smart speaker. However, it's probably only a matter of time before these types of attacks trickle out into the wild-if students at universities are working on this sort of thing, it's likely that bad actors are doing the same. However, he figures "that the malicious people already employ people to do" what he does. Computers can be fooled into identifying an airplane as a cat just by changing a few pixels of a digital image; researchers can make a self-driving auto swerve or speed up simply by pasting small stickers on road signs and confusing the vehicle's electronic vision system.

While the undetected voice commands demonstrated by the researchers are harmless, it is easy how attackers can exploit the technique.

The inaudible voice commands were correctly interpreted by the speech recognition systems on all the tested hardware. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, want you to know that they might be also be vulnerable to attacks that you'll never hear coming.

UC Berkeley reveals that stealthy commands can be picked up by popular voice assistants.

We need hardware makers and AI developers to tackle such subliminal messages, particularly for devices that don't have screens to give users visual feedback and warnings about having received secret commands.

Apple said its smart speaker, HomePod, is created to prevent commands from doing things like unlocking doors, and it noted that iPhones and iPads must be unlocked before Siri will act on commands that access sensitive data or open apps and websites, among other measures.

How can white noise cover a spoken command?

That's led security researchers to worry about the potential vulnerabilities of voice-activated everything. The ad was canceled after viewers started editing the Wikipedia page to comic effect.

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There is no U.S. law against broadcasting subliminal messages to humans, let alone machines. Courts have ruled that subliminal messages may constitute an invasion of privacy, but the law has not extended the concept of privacy to machines.

Researchers in China previous year demonstrated that ultrasonic transmissions could trigger popular voice assistants such as Siri or Alexa, in a method known as 'DolphinAttack'. One method called DolphinAttack even muted the target phone before issuing inaudible commands, so the owner wouldn't hear the device's responses.

Like the Berkeley study, they used a technique that translates voice commands into ultrasonic frequencies that are too high for the human ear to recognize. Both times, Mozilla's open-source software was fooled.

The continued research from this year found that commands could be directly embedded into spoken text or pieces of recorded music, adding to the previous work carried out.

In theory, cybercriminals could use these commands to order these services to purchase products, launch websites and more. For our purposes here at The Spoon, these security notices are good to be aware of as companies look to use food as a way to get further into - and control more parts of - our homes.

"Companies have to ensure user-friendliness of their devices, because that's their major selling point", said Tavish Vaidya, a researcher at Georgetown.

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