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Alexa working for the CIA? Owner asks Amazon’s smart assistant shuts off when asked if it’s connected to the intelligence agency,

March 10, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Alexa working for the CIA? Owner asks Amazon’s smart assistant shuts off when asked if it’s connected to the intelligence agency,

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With the capacity of the CIA to “breach almost anything connected to the internet” made public, many residents have grown suspicious of their devices.

A video has surfaced showing an unidentified woman asking Amazon’s Alexa a set of questions – starting with “would you lie to me” and concluding with “Alexa, are you connected to the CIA?”

The virtual assistant quickly answered the first question but shut down after it was questioned about its connections with the U.S. government agency.

The video posted on Reddit now has people questioning their virtual assistants.

The woman asked: “Alexa, would you lie to me.”

“I am not always right, but I would never intentionally lie to you,” Alexa responded.

A video shows a woman asking Alexa a series of questions, which it answers in a swift manner. However, the final questions is if Alexa is connected to the CIA.

“What is the CIA,” the user asked.

Alexa replied, ‘The Unites States Central Intelligence Agency, CIA.”

“Alexa, are you connected to the CIA,” she asked.

In seconds the smart speaker’s activation lights went dark, and Alexa turned off without answering the question.

The footage was located on Reddit on Thursday and has since gone viral on the Internet.

According to the Daily Mail which contacted Amazon, the company noted that the incident was a glitch.

“This was a technical glitch we have fixed,” an Amazon spokesperson told DailyMail.com

The company added: “Alexa’s response to this question is: Are you connected to the CIA?’ ‘No, I work for Amazon.'”

After watching the video, some might suggest that Alexa did not understand the question.

However, Alexa is designed to respond with “Sorry, I can’t find an answer to the questions I heard.”

The virtual assistant fails to respond and shuts is lights off

The strange video went viral a few days after thousands of confidential CIA records were released via WikiLeaks.

The documents reveal hacking tools which the CIA uses to hack into devices such as phones, computers, and TVs – and now, some may even question smart speakers.

It is the most recent in an embarrassing series of disclosures, and WikiLeaks has promised that more are coming.

In a news release published on Tuesday, WikiLeaks said the CIA had “lost control” of an archive of hacking methods, and it was distributed “among former U.S. government hackers, and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.”

It noted that this established an even bigger and more significant breach of U.S. intelligence than the National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Snowden, who retreated to Russia in 2013 after the Justice Department announced two charges of Espionage, posted a tweet on Tuesday calling the latest trove of files that were released a “genuinely a big deal.”With the CIA’s capacity to “breach almost anything connected to the internet” made public, many residents have grown suspicious of their devices.

A video has surfaced showing an unidentified woman asking Amazon’s Alexa a set of questions – starting with “would you lie to me” and concluding with “Alexa, are you connected to the CIA?”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has published thousands of documents that it says come from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence

The virtual assistant quickly answered the first question but shut down after it was questioned about its connections with the U.S. government agency.

The video posted on Reddit now has people questioning their virtual assistants.

The woman asked: “Alexa, would you lie to me.”

“I am not always right, but I would never intentionally lie to you,” Alexa responded.

“What is the CIA,” the user asked.

Alexa replied, ‘The Unites States Central Intelligence Agency, CIA.”

“Alexa, are you connected to the CIA,” she asked.

In seconds the smart speaker’s activation lights went dark, and Alexa turned off without answering the question.

The footage was located on Reddit on Thursday and has since gone viral on the Internet.

According to the DailyMail which contacted Amazon, the company noted that the incident was a glitch.

“This was a technical glitch we have fixed,” an Amazon spokesperson told DailyMail.com

The company added: “Alexa’s response to this question is: Are you connected to the CIA?’ ‘No, I work for Amazon.'”

After watching the video, some might suggest that Alexa did not understand the question.

However, Alexa is designed to respond with “Sorry, I can’t find an answer to the questions I heard.”

The strange video went viral a few days after thousands of confidential CIA records were released via WikiLeaks.

The documents reveal hacking tools which the CIA uses to hack into devices such as phones, computers, and TVs – and now, some may even question smart speakers.

It is the most recent in an embarrassing series of disclosures, and WikiLeaks has promised that more are coming.

In a news release published on Tuesday, WikiLeaks said the CIA had “lost control” of an archive of hacking methods, and it was distributed “among former U.S. government hackers, and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.”

It noted that this established an even bigger and more significant breach of U.S. intelligence than the National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Snowden, who retreated to Russia in 2013 after the Justice Department announced two charges of Espionage, posted a tweet on Tuesday calling the latest trove of files that were released a “genuinely a big deal.”

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