Sunday, 8 January 2017

News anchor sets off Alexa devices around San Diego ordering unwanted dollhouses

quote [ Jim Patton and Lynda Martin were talking about a child who accidentally bought a dollhouse and four pounds of cookies

“I love the little girl, saying ‘Alexa ordered me a dollhouse,’” said Patton.

As soon as Patton said that, viewers all over San Diego started complaining their echo devices had tried to order doll houses. ]
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[by satanspenis666@3:58pmGMT]


mwooody said @ 4:10pm GMT on 8th Jan [Score:3 Insightful]
This is such a silly, poorly researched story making the rounds. Here's how that would actually happen (tested just now on the Echo sitting next to me):

"Alex order me a dollhouse."
"The top Amazon search result for dollhouse is *foo*. It costs $x. Would you like to purchase it?"
"Please enter your security code."

So you'd have to both specifically tell the device that you wanted to order it, then enter your numeric code - designed to stop just this sort of mixup - for it to actually place an order.

There's no way even a single person ordered that dollhouse by accident, nor does any of this have anything to do with securing IoT devices.
TheThirstyMonk said @ 4:28pm GMT on 8th Jan [Score:1 Interesting]
Something similar happened last night at my mom's place when me and some friends went over there.

Random talking that somehow activated Alexa
Alexa: "did you want to order a hose?"
Idiot friend: "Yes yes yes!"
Alexa: "Ok I ordered the neverkink hose"
Mom: "You asshole, what did you do?"
Idiot friend: "Oh shit, I'll pay you back"

It was only in the shopping cart without asking for a numeric code, so it was more a "it was put into the cart" thing.
HoZay said @ 4:40pm GMT on 8th Jan [Score:1 Funsightful]
Random talk about "kink", and "hose".
sanepride said @ 5:48pm GMT on 8th Jan
So what are you implying about his mom?
arrowhen said @ 6:40pm GMT on 8th Jan [Score:1 Funny]
She's a kinky hoe.
TheThirstyMonk said @ 3:45am GMT on 9th Jan
You shut your hoe mouth before I put a kink in it!
TheThirstyMonk said @ 3:43am GMT on 9th Jan
What? Are kink and hoses not normal family discussions to you?
HoZay said @ 4:22am GMT on 9th Jan
With your mom, yeah.
HP Lovekraftwerk said @ 4:52pm GMT on 8th Jan
It puts the order in the cart or it gets the hose again?
Ankylosaur said @ 4:33pm GMT on 8th Jan
Googling shows the security code is a 4 digit pin. What if the anchor had said "Alexa order me a dollhouse... yes... 1357." Given enough viewers is there a nontrivial chance one could have a dollhouse ordered for them? Are there other more malicious, and less cancelable, things you could order Alexa to do that only requirres the pin?
Bleb said @ 4:59pm GMT on 8th Jan [Score:2]
You'd probably get the most hits with 0-0-0-0 and 1-2-3-4.
Spyike said @ 5:20pm GMT on 8th Jan
There's something potentially brilliant here. Say someone already well known like Bill Gates publishes a small, free ebook or book on security. He then goes on tv to promote his new book and on one of the big late night chat shows, does exactly this. Thousands of people suddenly buy his book, no-one has lost any money, he gets an absolute shit load of free publicity from the news, and all in the knowledge that realistically, the people with '1234' as their passcode are the ones most in need of a free digital security handbook...
Spyike said @ 5:22pm GMT on 8th Jan
Or one of the SNL cast goes rogue and orders thousands of big purple dildos with express delivery. Either is good.
lilmookieesquire said @ 6:32pm GMT on 8th Jan
How did you know my password?!
Bruceski said @ 6:34pm GMT on 8th Jan [Score:3 Funny]
It's the same one I have on my luggage.
Dienes said @ 5:56pm GMT on 8th Jan
I thought you first had to enable the security code. Our Echo didn't prompt us to give one until we turned that feature on.
mwooody said @ 8:29pm GMT on 8th Jan
I was required to create one when I turned on the ability to buy with the device (necessary since you have to, for example, pick the credit card and address it uses).
HoZay said[1] @ 5:04pm GMT on 8th Jan
The worst part of Alexa: a new category of prank videos.
Creepy Amazon Echo Prank!
sanepride said @ 5:47pm GMT on 8th Jan
Obviously there's a heavy bullshit quotient in this very silly bit of local news puff, but I am frequently amused (and sometimes annoyed) at how my Android phone will respond to any spoken phrase that even vaguely resembles 'OK Google'.
HP Lovekraftwerk said @ 6:33pm GMT on 8th Jan
Which is why I never use that "feature" and turn that shit off.
sanepride said @ 7:07pm GMT on 8th Jan
I know, except I've found that feature to be actually useful, especially while driving.

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