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TV Presenter Unleashes Echo Chaos

Paul Rubens - January 9, 2017 - 11:42 AM
TV Presenter Unleashes Echo Chaos
A TV presenter in San Diego is in hot water after inadvertently activating viewers' Echo devices.

(CCM) — Amazon Echo owners across San Diego may discover that their devices have attempted to buy dolls' houses, thanks to an on-air comment made by a TV presenter, the BBC reports. Six-year-old Brooke Nietzel from Dallas told her parents' Echo device to buy her a doll's house and cookies, which were duly delivered the next morning. Commenting on the story on San Diego's CW6 morning show, presenter Jim Patton said: "I love the little girl saying 'Alexa ordered me a dollhouse.'" This caused many viewers' Echos to wake up and try to order a doll's house, according to the report. The show received multiple complaints from viewers whose Echos had been activated by Patton's comment.

Security expert Graham Cluley is quoted in the report warning Echo users that their devices can be used to make purchases by default. "Consider disabling voice purchasing or enabling a four-digit confirmation code to prevent accidental purchases," he said. Echo owners can use also Amazon's Alexa app to turn off the ability to purchase using voice commands.

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