Family says hackers accessed a Ring camera

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A Tennessee family wants to warn others after an alarming video was discovered from inside their 8-year-old daughter's room.

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Anyone else think it's a little weird having a doorbell security camera in your kid's room?
 

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The camera in the bedroom isn't a doorbell camera. Ring makes plain cameras too.

But, a camera in a child's room isn't unusual these days. They're used to monitor children to be sure they are safe.

The thing I personally would never do is connect a camera to the internet, which Ring cameras require.

We have cameras throughout our building, both interior and exterior. But, they are not connected to the internet and they are hard wired, not wireless. And we don't have cameras in sensitive areas such as bedrooms and bathrooms. That would just be too creepy.
 

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From the article:
LeMay admits she had not set up the two-factor authentication for the Ring account, which would have added another level of protection against potential hackers. The family has taken other security precautions since the incident, including setting their WiFi so it is no longer visible to others.
It's their own fault it got hacked. Imagine that, hackers getting access to an unsecured device connected to the internet. Bet they never changed the default credentials to their camera or router either.
 

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That's the problem with the Internet of THINGS.

All that stuff that is 'smart' or web-enabled is vulnerable, it usually doesn't have very good on board security, it USUALLY has a built in path back out to the manufacturer (read: China) supposedly for firmware updates, and, for the most part, is seldom used to it potential which makes the whole idea silly and expensive for what it actually is doing.

Not only can your thermostat be 'hacked' and somebody could turn on your AC in the middle of winter, it also provides a gateway back into your home network where those noble hard working programmers in some -Stan country can rape your checking account.
 

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From the article:

It's their own fault it got hacked. Imagine that, hackers getting access to an unsecured device connected to the internet. Bet they never changed the default credentials to their camera or router either.
You would be surprised how many open wifi connections are out there. This is a list in just my area...

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