Families are installing Ring security cameras as an extra layer of home security at an affordable cost. They’re easy to install and check on your home using your smartphone. But lately, homeowners have been getting chills, instead of peace of mind. Hackers are getting a close-up view of what’s happening inside through Ring security cameras.
The Latest Ring Camera Hack
According to the New York Times, a Mississippi family recently installed a Ring Indoor Security Camera in their daughters’ bedroom to keep an eye on them. Shortly after they installed it, the camera’s built-in speaker played music randomly.
The 8-year daughter checked the lights and music and was startled by a man speaking to her through the camera. The hacker told her that he was Santa Claus, repeatedly gave her instructions to destroy her room and used inappropriate language. It was clear that the Ring camera was hacked. The family removed the batteries, but have been shocked ever since.
The History of Ring Camera Hacks
This isn’t the first hack of the Amazon-owned camera brand. Other camera breaches have been discovered this month alone. And once a hacker gets access to one Ring product, they’ll also have access to the brand’s other equipment in the home - including features, data and see live camera activity.
Unfortunately, hackers have cracked the code to create software specifically to access the cameras. The software checks for email and password matches based on login combinations that were compromised in other places online. Unfortunately, at this time - Ring doesn’t lock accounts after a number of failed attempts giving hackers limitless opportunities to get the right log-in.
Ring released a statement responding to the Mississippi family’s breach saying, “We have no evidence of an unauthorized intrusion or compromise of Ring’s systems or network.” The company recommends that Ring users change their account passwords and use two-factor authentication for better privacy and security. But some families aren’t taking the risk again and removing Ring security equipment altogether.
More recently, USA Today reported over 3,000 customers’ personal data was exposed this week. Those with their camera names of ‘Bedroom’ and ‘Front Door’ had their log-in names and passwords compromised. Ring also responded to this leak with a statement.
“Our security team has investigated these incidents, and we have no evidence of an unauthorized intrusion or compromise of Ring’s systems or network.”
What to Do if Your Camera is Hacked
If you find that your Ring camera or other device has been hacked act immediately. Disconnect the device from your home’s Wi-Fi and power. Record the activity or take photos for proof. Report the hack to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Complaint Center (IC3) right away. It’s also important to report the hack to the manufacturer immediately for further steps.
Privacy and Security Tips for Your Safety
If you have a Ring camera, be sure to follow these tips to make sure your personal and home security data is kept private.
- As Ring suggests, use two-factor authentication to require logging in two ways for account access
- Regularly delete your camera footage. If you need to save certain footage, consider saving it to another trusted cloud storage source.
- Create unique passwords, change them regularly and check to make sure your passwords haven’t been compromised before using them.
- Keep your Ring and home network software up to date as most updates include privacy and security improvements.