Google Home speaker vulnerability could’ve let hackers listen in on your conversations

What you need to know

  • Researcher Matt Kunze discovered hackers could’ve spied on people in their homes through Google’s smart speakers.
  • If access was gained, a “rogue” account would be able to listen in on your conversations, control your devices, and make online purchases.
  • The issue was reported in January 2021 with Google fixing them by April that same year.

A critical issue within the Google Home speaker allowed ears to pry into users’ homes without their knowledge.

Researcher Matt Kunze discovered the issues in January 2021 after experimenting with their Nest Mini (via Bleeping Computer). It was found that a new “rogue” account could be added via the Home app and would let the hacker control the device remotely through the cloud API.

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