- A Ring camera in an eight-year-old girl’s room was infiltrated by a hacker who told her racial slurs and said he was Santa Clause.
- In a separate incident, a woman was woken up when a man told her dog to “wake the f— up” through a Ring camera.
- Ring said it is investigating the incidents and encouraged users to use two-factor authentication.
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Hacked Ring cameras are causing havoc, enabling hackers to creep out family members in their own homes.
A Tennessee family said their eight-year-old daughter was taunted by a hacker who told her that he’s Santa Clause after their Ring security camera was infiltrated.
In a separate recent incident, a woman was woken up when a man told her puppy through a Ring camera to “wake the f— up.”
In an interview with NBC News, Ashley LeMay said she installed a Ring camera in her three daughters’ bedroom to keep an eye on them while she worked overnight shifts.
However, four days after installation a stranger was talking to her daughter after he appeared to have gained access to the device, LeMay told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
In a video recorded from the Ring device, LeMay’s daughter could be heard asking: “Who is that?”
A man’s voice promptly replies: “I’m your best friend.” After the girl called on her mother, the man asked: “I’m Santa Claus, don’t you want to be my best friend?”
The man engaged with the daughter for roughly five minutes, playing music and directing a racial slur towards her, the Washington Post reported.
During the recording, the man told the eight-year-old that she can “mess up her room.” “You can break your TV. You can do whatever you want,” the man tells her.
LeMay expressed concern that the man could’ve seen her daughters sleep and get changed.
In a separate incident in Brookhaven, AJC reported that a woman was woken up shortly after heading to bed when a hacker told her puppy to “wake up.”
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she and her boyfriend installed the camera in their apartment to keep an eye on their new puppy.
In a video recording, a man can be heard clapping, and speaking to the dog. “Hello, doggy doggy! Come here, doggy,” the male voice said. Moments later he said: “I can see you in the bed. C’mon, wake the f— up.”
In a statement to ABC News, Ring said it is investigating the issue and are taking appropriate measures to protect their devices.
Ring said: “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,” the company added.