A woman recently asked Amazon's Alexa, an artificial intelligence personal assistant, if it was "connected to the CIA" (video below).
A Twitter user tweeted a video of the exchange on March 8 with the caption: "Now this is funny #Vault7 #CiA."
The tweet was in reference to the "Vault 7" data dump by WikiLeaks on March 7, which included troves of classified material that allegedly included "CIA hacking tools" to use on devices such as Amazon's Kindle, Samsung's TVs, Apple's iPhone and Google’s Android cellphones, reports RT. Amazon's Alexa was not mentioned.
The Twitter user, who has Alexa installed on her Amazon Echo device, decided to put Alexa to the test with a series of questions.
Alexa was first asked if it would ever lie to its owner, and Alexa denied it would. The user then asked Alexa to define the CIA, which Alexa did. But when asked if it was connected to the CIA, twice, Alexa did not answer and the Echo went dark.
Twitter users posted their reactions to the video:
Ok,, answered loud and clear!
I'm gonna try this too. Spying on me whilst arguing with the enemy.
Most likely fake but hilarious none the less.
So what would be the result of you just blocking the input for an external mic? Your last question wont register = no answer.
At WikiLeaks, the site's founder Julian Assange told reporters during a live-streamed press conference on March 9 that WikiLeaks "has a lot more information to share," but was going to allow tech companies to have "exclusive access to some of the technical details" to fix their devices' vulnerabilities first, reports Russian state-sponsored site RT.
Assange also said some of the CIA's cyber tools were being used to investigate journalists, which he strongly opposes.
Another tool, reportedly revealed by WikiLeaks, allows the CIA to cover its own hacks of third parties via a "throwing off" device, and replace its hacking fingerprint with fake leads to others.
Assange was asked by the press about President Donald Trump's recent allegations that he was spied on by the Obama administration during the election, and the WikiLeaks founder said the Vault 7 material did not reveal anything about Trump being hacked, but he did add that Trump was vulnerable if his communication was done on smartphones.
Assange revealed that the Vault 7 information came from an isolated computer at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Assange blamed the CIA for this "historic act of devastating incompetence."