REPORT: Google Home Bug Allowed Hackers To Spy On Users

Looks like big tech is doing some big spying on users!

  • According to a new report, a vulnerability in Google Home speakers allowed for a backdoor for hackers to use the technology for nefarious purposes, including spying on users.
  • The issue was uncovered by researcher Matt Kunze, who received a $107,000 reward for Google for discovering and reporting the flaw, which allowed Google Home to be hacked via people controlling it via rogue accounts.
  • “Having a rogue account linked to the target device makes it possible to perform actions via the Google Home speaker, such as controlling smart switches, making online purchases, remotely unlocking doors and vehicles, or stealthily brute-forcing the user’s PIN for smart locks,” reports Bleeping Computer.