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Is Amazon’s Ring to Blame For Hacked Home Security Cameras?

Amazon’s Ring home security cameras may not be as safe as you think.

Just this week, three incidents of Ring cameras getting hacked were reported. And thanks to the fact that Ring cameras record videos, homeowners have their own horrifying footage of the encounters to prove it.

“I Can See You in Bed”

One woman’s Ring camera was hacked during the night while she was sleeping. In the video, a man is heard saying, “Wake up!” He also starts clapping and saying, “I can see you in the bed, come on, wake the f*** up.”

Over the weekend, a family in Florida was bombarded by racial slurs from a hacker who accessed their Ring security system. The hacker makes references to the couple’s son, who isn’t present at the time, suggesting that the person has been watching them for a longer period of time.

And in an even more terrifying incident, a hacker accessed a Ring camera that had been installed in the bedroom of three young girls and began talking through the device’s speakers with an 8-year-old girl. The man also played music and “encouraged destructive behavior” before the child’s father came into the room and cut it off.

Ring Places the Blame on Consumers

Ring, which is owned by Amazon, is not taking responsibility for these terrifying incidents. Instead, they are pointing the finger at consumers.

According to Ring, these hacks are not related to “a breach of Ring’s security,” but instead are likely due to consumers using the same username and password across multiple accounts that have then been leaked.

“As a precaution, we highly and openly encourage all Ring users to enable two-factor authentication on their Ring account,” a spokesperson said in a statement, and suggested that users “add Shared Users (instead of sharing login credentials), use strong passwords, and regularly change their passwords.”

What do you think? Are the Ring users to blame for their lack of strong passwords and not enabling two-factor authentication? Or should Ring be doing more to make this technology safer for its users?

  • Who is to blame?

    • Amazon should be doing more to make their Ring cameras safe
    • The homeowners who install Ring cameras should have done more to prevent hackers

Kate Singer

Kate Singer is a regular contributor to Polling Pig and enjoys making trivia, polls and personality quizzes.

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