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Alexa, Could You Not? Family Says Home Device Sent Recording to Random Contact

After confirming the audio file was indeed a recording of their private conversation, the family unplugged all of their Alexa-powered devices

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    Alexa, Could You Not? Family Says Home Device Sent Recording to Random Contact
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    FILE - Amazon's Dave Isbitski speaks onstage at the ONWARD17 Conference, Nov. 2, 2017, in New York City.

    An Echo device in the home of a Portland family recorded a conversation, which it then sent to a random person on their contact list, CNBC reported.

    A report from Seattle TV network KIRO7 said the family was alerted by a colleague in Seattle who had received the audio file of their conversation.

    After confirming the audio file was indeed a recording of their private conversation, the family unplugged all of their Alexa-powered devices, the report said.

    In a statement to CNBC, Amazon blamed the incident on Alexa misinterpreting background conversation as a set of commands.

    "As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely," the company's statement says.