Incident 33: Amazon Alexa Plays Loud Music when Owner is Away
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An Amazon Alexa, without instruction to do so, began playing loud music in the early morning while the homeowner was away leading to police breaking into their house to turn off the device. Oliver Haberstroh says he was out of the house from 1:50am-3:00am in Hamburg, Germany when his Amazon Alexa began to blast music. The police were called, leading to the door being broken down to turn off the device. Haberstroh had to pay $582 to repair the door (later paid by Amazon).
An Amazon Alexa, without instruction to do so, began playing loud music in the early morning while the homeowner was away leading to police breaking into their house to turn off the device.
Financial harm, Harm to physical property
Amazon Alexa, a smart speaker that can recognize speech, play music, etc.
Information and communication
Perception, Cognition, Action
Amazon Alexa, AI enabled personal assistants
voice recognition, personal assistant
Amazon, Oliver Haberstroh
environment audio, Alexa software, user requests
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information and communication
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