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 December 11, 2019  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

Meaghan Wray reports:

One Florida family wasn’t even safe in their own home after a hacker took over their surveillance camera on Sunday night.

Josefine Brown, who lives in Cape Coral, Fla., was at home with her family when a loud alarm suddenly began to sound from their Ring security camera and a voice began spewing racial slurs.

In black-and-white footage of the incident, a loud alarm can be heard playing over a speaker.


Update:  Joseph Cox and Samantha Cole have a more extensive report on this issue, including another scary incident in Tennessee and how hackers have dedicated software to help them hack Ring security cameras. See their report on Vice.

Update 2: On December 12, was sent the following statement, attributed to Ring:

Customer trust is important to us and we take the security of our devices seriously. Our security team has investigated this incident and we have no evidence of an unauthorized intrusion or compromise of Ring’s systems or network.

Recently, we were made aware of an incident where malicious actors obtained some Ring users’ account credentials (e.g., username and password) from a separate, external, non-Ring service and reused them to log in to some Ring accounts. Unfortunately, when the same username and password is reused on multiple services, it’s possible for bad actors to gain access to many accounts.

Upon learning of the incident, we took appropriate actions to promptly block bad actors from known affected Ring accounts and affected users have been contacted. Consumers should always practice good password hygiene and we encourage Ring customers to change their passwords and enable two-factor authentication.

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