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Critical API Key Vulnerability Found in Rabbit R1 Virtual Assistant: Company Responds

The company behind the virtual assistant Rabbit R1 is under fire after it was revealed that critical API keys were hardcoded into the device, potentially exposing users’ private data to hackers. Rabbit R1, which was officially launched in late April, has faced criticism for its lack of functionality and reliance on a single Android app for its interface.

A group of community researchers called Rabbitude discovered the hardcoded keys, which could allow unauthorized access to personal information, alter responses, and render all R1 devices useless. The API keys in question belong to services such as ElevenLabs, Azure, Google Maps, Yelp, and SendGrid.

Rabbit has been aware of the vulnerability since May but reportedly failed to take action to rotate the keys. The company claims it only became aware of the issue on June 25th and immediately rotated the keys to mitigate the risk. Rabbit stated that there has been no evidence of customer data being leaked or compromised.

API keys are crucial for integrating services into products, but they should not be hardcoded into the source code due to security risks. Richard Bird, CSO at Traceable AI, emphasized the importance of addressing security vulnerabilities in API usage.

The incident has raised concerns about the security of AI-powered devices and the need for stricter security measures. Rabbit’s response to the situation and the ongoing investigation into the issue will be closely monitored by both users and industry experts.

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