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  1. #1 You gotta love that there tech stuff ! 
    Senior Member Banacek's Avatar
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    Hackers Use Amazon Ring Security Cameras to Abuse Children, Hurl Racial Slurs

    Reports have begun flooding in of Amazon Ring camera systems being hacked over the past few days, with the hackers hurling racial abuse at owners, interacting with their children, and even demanding ransom payments.

    ABC News reports that owners of Amazon Ring home security cameras have begun reporting incidents of their camera’s being hacked over recent days. Owners of the cameras in Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, and Texas have all reported that hackers have accessed their cameras and used their speakers to subject them to racial abuse, encourage children to engage in destructive behavior, and even demanded a ransom in Bitcoin.

    Ashley Lemay, a mother from Mississippi told ABC’s Good Morning America: “I can’t even put into words how violated I feel. It really is like my worst nightmare.” Lemay had installed a Ring camera in her daughter’s room to watch over her while she worked overnight shifts as a nurse, but four days after installing the camera her eight-year-old daughter Alyssa heard music and a banging noise coming from the room where the camera was installed.
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    I'm shocked that the interactive device connected to your home network was accessed by outside agents.

    Amazon Ring issue a statement on the issue which reads:

    Customer trust is important to us and we take the security of our devices seriously. 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.

    Due to the fact that customers often use the same username and password for their various accounts and subscriptions, bad actors often re-use credentials stolen or leaked from one service on other services.

    As a precaution, we highly and openly encourage all Ring users to enable two-factor authentication on their Ring account, add Shared Users (instead of sharing login credentials), use strong passwords, and regularly change their passwords.
    Translation: Not our fault, use better security measures. Which probably isn't entirely inaccurate. The most likely scenario is that the perps got into the home network, and then were able to use the same login or one found while accessing devices on the home network to access the cameras.

    Best security measure, IMHO, don't get the stupid interactive device to begin with. Frankly, I'm a little less concerned about Big Brother's telescreen then I am Facebook's Portal, or Alexa, or Google Home. Just a little less.
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    I often think these days that my little slower internet most likely protects me to a degree. The thieves are looking for faster response and simple passwords.
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