E-commerce giant Amazon acquired Ring, a startup that specializes in making smart-camera-equipped doorbells, back in March 2018. It is now back in news. And not for a good reason. A few days ago it was reported that hackers successfully hacked into Ring cameras and communicated with an 8-year-old. An incident has now come to light wherein over 1,562 credentials, have been leaked. They also include unique email addresses, passwords, time zones, and a camera’s named location.
BuzzFeed also reported that login credentials for thousands of Ring camera owners have been published online. They include some 3,672 sets of emails, passwords, time zones, and the names given to specific Ring cameras, such as a front door or bedroom.
This is terrible for privacy as hackers can easily log in to your Ring account and watch the live footage from your Ring cameras. It can also be used to obtain extremely personal data like your address, phone number, or even information related to payments.
Ring said in a statement, “Ring has not had a data breach. Our security team has investigated these incidents, and we have no evidence of an unauthorized intrusion or compromise of Ring’s systems or network. It is not uncommon for bad actors to harvest data from other company’s data breaches and create lists like this so that other bad actors can attempt to gain access to other services.”
Ring has admitted that data has been compromised and that affected consumers have been notified. They are also resetting their passwords out of caution. Moreover, Ring is also contacting all of its customers advising them to enable two-factor authentication and change their passwords.