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**Consumer Alert** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Move Your Alexa, Siri, or Google Home Assistant Away from Windows to Protect from Lasers ‘Hack’

11/7/2019

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
 
**Consumer Alert**
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Move Your Alexa, Siri, or Google Home Assistant Away from Windows to Protect from Lasers ‘Hack’

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis alerts consumers of a recent study showing that voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant can be “hacked” with special lasers. Troubling details from the study outline that hackers can attack a smart speaker with a laser from outside your house to break in by opening a smart garage door or steal your money by making online purchases.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “While hacks involving smart speakers and lasers may sound like science fiction, it’s a reality according a troubling, recent report. I’m warning all Floridians—move your devices such as Alexa, Siri or Google Home away from windows and out of a line of sight from outside your home. It’s also important to monitor your bank accounts and credit reports for suspicious activity. If you see any signs of fraud, always report it immediately to FraudFreeFlorida.com.”
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).