A Look Back: What Led to Ring’s Privacy Issues?
One of the biggest conversations around Ring security today involves their video doorbells and privacy concerns. Multiple incidents have been reported of Ring cameras being hacked. One individual’s daughter was taunted by a hacker. These incidents don’t make an exception for Ring, but they definitely raise concern regarding any vulnerabilities present with the company’s technology.
Here’s a breakdown of this previous vulnerability with Ring Security.
The privacy issue involving Ring security cameras stemmed from an unsecure access point during configuration. Whenever someone would start setting up his or her Ring camera, the device would need to connect to the homeowner’s local network. Entering this information would be done through Ring’s mobile app.
This process is probably something you’re rather familiar with if you’ve ever had to connect a smart TV to your home internet—you would normally need to enter your network credentials.
From here, once the user entered their credentials to connect their Ring device to the Internet, the unsecure access point allowed nearby individuals to see and potentially steal the user’s information. Their network credentials were exchanged over HTTP protocol, which is unsecure, allowing for exposure.
A hacker could also trigger the user’s Ring camera to be reconfigured, prompting them to re-enter their credentials (once again, allowing the hacker to steal those details).
That was Ring Security’s vulnerability in a nutshell. If you want a closer look at the details, check out this whitepaper published by Bitdefender. So now that you have more background on Ring privacy concerns, here’s what you can do going forward to help prevent your security camera(s) from being hacked.