Demo #10: Hijacking Connected Vehicle Alexa Skills

Wenbo Ding (University at Buffalo), Long Cheng (Clemson University), Xianghang Mi (University of Science and Technology of China), Ziming Zhao (University at Buffalo) and Hongxin Hu (University at Buffalo)

Current voice assistant platforms allow users to interact with their cars through voice commands. However, this convenience comes with substantial cyber-risk to voice-controlled vehicles. In this demo, we show a “malicious” skill with unwanted control actions on the Alexa system could hijack voice commands that are supposed to be sent to a benign third-party connected vehicle skill.