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Will Smart Homes Be a New Target for Subliminal Messaging?

A smart home device made waves recently after a report that one sent the audio of a conversation to a user’s contact without the user’s knowledge. It was an innocuous discussion about hardwood flooring, a simple speech-recognition mistake that can happen when a smart speaker is listening for its key phrase: “Alexa,” or “Hey, Siri,” or “Okay, Google.” But a recent research paper suggests that smart speakers—which can control everything from light switches to front doors to bank accounts—may be susceptible to intentional hijacking.