Amazon Alexa holds 2am party when owner is out

Occurred: November 2017

Police in Hamburg, Germany, had to break into a German man's house after his Alexa device decided to hold a party on its own while he was out with friends.

According to Oliver Haberstroh, his Amazon personal assistant suddenly started playing music at full volume at 1.50am without having received any instructions and without him having used his mobile phone.

Angry neighbours alerted the police, who broke into Haberstroh's apartment and silenced Alexa, pulling out the plug.

Operator: Oliver Haberstroh
Developer: Amazon
Country: Germany
Sector: Consumer goods
Purpose: Provide information, services
Technology: NLP/text analysis; Natural language understanding (NLU); Speech recognition
Issue: Accuracy/reliability
Transparency: Governance

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Type: Incident
Published: March 2023