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Are Ring Security Systems Secured?

Ring, a home security company, owned by Amazon has always been in news since its purchase from “Jamie Siminoff”. Jamie started this company to secure home and the people living inside that home from the intruders and strangers. However, his work didn’t go in vain and finally, Amazon put an eye on it and saw the opportunity in the Home Security Industry and bought the company.

But recent years has not been good for Ring. Incidents of many hacks and other vulnerabilities have put the company name at a great concern. The very recent hack in DeSoto County where Ring camera was hacked, and the hacker talked to the child inside the home went viral.

According to the Motherboard hacking forum posts, the hackers used dedicated software to hack Ring Security devices. But still, it is a great concern for the family who went through this. The Amazon is already into many collaborations with the police department for making the United States a crime-free nation and provides access to its videos in case of any crime in a neighbourhood.

The camera that was hacked was installed in the bedroom of the three young sisters. The mother of these three children, Ashley LeMay says that she installed the device just 4 days back to keep an eye on the children. She bought this Ring Indoor camera because it has the feature to watch live and even talk to through the speaker.

According to Jenny’s post on Howtl, Can Ring Video Doorbell be hacked, there has been some Ring hacks earlier also. In 2016, the Ring doorbell was caught sending data on Chinese server which was due to a bug but raised several concerns against the doorbell. If you go through Jenny’s article you would also come to know about how to fix this problem and how to know if your Ring device is hacked.

Why Ashley LeMay choose Ring Cameras?

If you see the marketing of the Ring Security system, you would easily understand that all the Ring advertisements tend to say you that your house is vulnerable to intruders and if you want to get your home safe and secure then you need a surveillance security system.

Ashley further said that she did a lot of research and though that Ring would make their home safe and secure. All the marketing also involves around making the people fear of the intruders and burglars and how Ring devices can ease the fear. But she is worried as the camera was installed for 4 days and probably hacks could have been seeing the girls always.

What did hackers do?

The hackers first played a song ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ through the camera speaker and when the eight-year girl asked him who he was when she got the reply from the hacker that “He is Santa-her best friend”.

The system was not secured with a two-factor authentication which makes it vulnerable to hackers. The two-factor authentication is being used by almost everyone for securing their email and Facebook accounts but there are a lot of people who don’t care about this. 

Motherboard found a lot of hacking forums where hackers discuss the configuration by which Ring device which is connected to cameras can be hacked. They even found a post where a hacker was asking for just $6 for the configuration to hack Ring security. 

Image Source—Motherboard

A word from Ring Spokesperson

One of the Ring Spokesperson said that Ring is a company which is highly committed to provide security to its users and people can trust on them. They further said that they are investigating the incident but till now they can say that the incident has nothing to do with the breach of Ring Security.

Final consideration

We have seen Ring devices getting hacked however with a little precaution you can easily make it more secure. So, we would recommend you to always enable Two-factor Authentication and use the “Ring Shared user” feature instead of sharing the account credentials. However, using a strong password and changing the passwords frequently would also minimize the risk of getting hacked.

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Aasif Ganaie

Aasif is a journalist and a news enthusiast based in Jammu & Kashmir. He voyages to explore and uncover the stories that need to be told. With a special focus on data journalism, the journo also writes about happenings, events and everything that matters.

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