Hackers Hijack Ring Cameras by Cracking Passwords

Hackers Hijack Ring Cameras by Cracking Passwords

The security of smart home equipment has come under scrutiny again after a hacker compromised a USA family's connected camera system to spy on and talk to its 8-year-old daughter.

Even in Texas, one family was targeted when the alarm suddenly went off at midnight, and hackers demanded 50 bitcoins. Then we heard a voice coming from our camera. "I'm Santa Claus. Don't you want to be my best friend?"

In a statement, a Ring spokesperson told the Mirror: "Customer trust is important to us and we take the security of our devices seriously. Don't you want to be my best friend?" In Cape Coral, Fla., for example, a hacker gained access into a couple's Ring camera and made racist comments about their son.

"While we are still investigating this issue and are taking appropriate steps to protect our devices based on our investigation, we are able to confirm this incident is in no way related to a breach or compromise of Ring's security", the company said in a statement.

Peters warns against re-naming your network name to something like "Jon's wifi", which can lead hackers directly to your devices.


San Luis Obispo police said it's not considered burglary or home invasion if someone hacks into your devices unless they physically enter your home.

To secure all user's account ring is sending emails so they can keep two factors authentication on their accounts. "I'm still a little bit scared of it". Reports about hackers infiltrating the system and using it to interact with children and families have been dismissed by Ring as unrelated to the company's cybersecurity. "I didn't know who that is, how long he'd been watching us and I'm still scared now because I don't have any answers", Josefine Brown told WBBH in Fort Meyers. Unfortunately, when the same username and password is reused on multiple services, it's possible for bad actors to gain access to many accounts.

"We were both downstairs working in our office here, and our daughter called out", the girl's mother, Jo, told KING-TV. She disclosed the voice said "Ring support!" "She's saying, 'Mommy, mommy.' She said the voice is talking to me". Tania Amador, a 28-year-old who lives in Grand Prarie just outside Dallas, gave a video to local news which reportedly showed that her Ring security system had...

Ring suggest in a recent blog post that customers use "two-factor" authentications and strong passwords that are frequently updated to ward off these kinds of intrusions.

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