Stalkers are using Amazon Alexas to terrorize victims: Vengeful exes access devices remotely to listen in on private conversations and manipulate lighting and heating controls, experts warn
- Voice-activated devices are increasingly hijacked by vengeful exes
- More than 600 cases of cyber bullying are reported each month.
- Amazon advises customers to use strong passwords and two-step verification
Bullies are increasingly using Amazon Alexa devices to terrorize people in their own homes, experts warn.
The devices, which are voice-activated and used to activate devices like light controls or play music, are being hijacked by vengeful exes, who can access them if they know the password or through an app.
This allows them to listen in on private conversations or remotely manipulate lighting or heating controls.
Experts warn stalkers are using Amazon Alexa devices to terrorize victims at home
More than 600 cases of cyber bullying are reported each month.
In one case, Philippa Copleston-Warren, 46, accessed the speakerphone in her ex-boyfriend’s bedroom to yell at him and his new girlfriend to ‘get the whore out’.
Then he remotely turned the nightstand light on and off.
Professor George Loukas, who specializes in cybersecurity at the University of Greenwich, said: “If a relationship falls apart, make sure your ex loses access to any smart home devices you’re sharing by removing their account from their device.” Also, change your own password.
Amazon said: “Customers should keep their Amazon account information confidential and use a strong password or two-step verification to protect their account.”
Former members can access the gadgets by knowing the password or by using an app.