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Researchers hack Siri, Alexa, and Google Home by shining lasers at them | Ars Technica

Dan Goodin writing for Ars Technica:

The attack exploits a vulnerability in microphones that use micro-electro-mechanical systems, or MEMS. The microscopic MEMS components of these microphones unintentionally respond to light as if it were sound. While the researchers tested only Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Facebook Portal, and a small number of tablets and phones, the researchers believe all devices that use MEMS microphones are susceptible to Light Commands attacks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Amazon Sells Clothes From Factories Other Retailers Shun as Dangerous

Justin Scheck, Jon Emont and Alexandra Berzon writing for The Wall Street Journal

The Journal traced the top to a factory in Chittagong, Bangladesh, that has no fire alarms and where doors are of a type managers can lock and keep workers in. A laborer at the factory, 18-year-old Nasreen Begum, said she spends 12-hour days there stitching shirts with 300 others. “You’re trapped inside until the time you complete the orders,” she said.

 
 
 

Privacy matters because it empowers us all | Aeon Essays

Carissa Véliz

Facebook does not technically sell your data, for instance. Nor does Google. They sell the power to influence you.