Published: Thu, December 12, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Creep hacks family's Ring camera, tells Tennessee girl he's 'Santa Claus'

Creep hacks family's Ring camera, tells Tennessee girl he's 'Santa Claus'

Owners of Ring security cameras in Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Texas have all reported incidents in which their Ring cameras were hacked, allowing outsiders to torment their families with racial slurs and encourage some of the children to engage in destructive behaviors. One incident has seen the hacker demand a ransom to be paid in Bitcoin.

"My daughter could've been changing in her room.It did not take them long at all to figure this out", Ashley LeMay, the mother, was quoted as saying. One family said a voice taunted their 8-year-old daughter though the camera in her room, while another claimed that a voice screamed at them to wake up before demanding payment in bitcoin.

She shouts out 'who's that?' as somebody could be heard respiration as if behind the digital camera.

'I'm your best friend, ' the voice answered back.

"I'm Santa Claus. Don't you want to be my best friend?" the voice says and encourages her to "do whatever you want".

When the girl asked: "Who is that?"

An 8-year-old MS girl first heard unusual music and other odd noises in her bedroom - then she heard a voice. "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". In this instance, a hacker accessed the camera and began making racist comments toward a 15-year-old boy. The family shut off the device after removing the batteries from the camera.

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"I was scared. I was scared".

'Truthfully, my intestine makes me really feel prefer it's both someone who is aware of us or someone who could be very shut by'.

Like all smart devices connected to the internet, it would be an easy target for hackers if not properly secured, security expert Ken Munro said.

"Even the doorbell, they can hear what you're saying".

The woman and her boyfriend installed the camera in their Brookhaven home so they could keep a close eye on their dog, Beau, while they were at work.

"She said the 'voice is talking to me, '" Jo recalled. "We're laying down. We're about to go to sleep.' He's like 'What are you talking about?'" she told ABC.

Ring told the local TV news station that an investigation determined the incident wasn't caused by a security breach on their end, and could have been the result of hackers stealing the same user and password reused on another site. We also recommend that they choose strong passwords and renew them regularly.

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