Instead of being able to see and hear who is at the door, Ring users are being harassed after hackers have gained access to their cameras.
In America, several reports have been going around in the last few days from owners of a Ring camera, indicating that strangers can play sound through the speaker in the camera. Hackers would have been able to gain massive access, using captured usernames and passwords.
The company behind the cameras, Ring, has informed us that there was no data leak and that the company has been able to find out how the malicious parties have gained access to the service. Customers apparently used the same login credentials for other services, which may have had a data leak, causing the data to be out on the street. Ring, therefore, calls on customers to use unique passwords, as well as secure their app with extra authentication.
Taking advantage of the situation
The message from Ring came shortly after Motherboard published an article in which the harassment of residents was highlighted. In the podcast NulledCast, unsuspecting clients of Ring are harassed by the speakers of their Ring camera. The examples that are cited do not lie: people are said to have been shouted awake, racist language suddenly spouted out of the speakers and, in one case, a hacker demanded a high amount of money in BitCoin.
Ring therefore calls on users to change their password as soon as possible in order to avoid such repetitions in the future. A few days ago, Microsoft made the same appeal, after it had shown in a study that more than forty million users of Microsoft’s cloud service (and Azure) were using log-in data that were out on the street.