Ring Video Doorbell had a huge vulnerability – as assaulters could inject their phony video
Another day, another significant security flaw Ring Video Doorbell showed to be hackable.
Lois Chambers @loischambers
February 28, 2019
The Ring Video Doorbell had a security defect that could make it possible for an aggressor to reveal a fake video stream to the user, a security company has announced. The flaw has now been repaired, but users running older firmware could still be a threat.
Researchers at BullGuard showed at MWC 2019 how enemies with access to the home’s wireless network might view the video doorbell’s feed, and even inject their own fake video.
That, in theory, could be utilized to deceive users into opening their front door, physically or via a connected smart lock.
“Client trust is necessary to us, and we take the security of our devices seriously. The issue in the Ring app was previously repaired, and we always motivate customers to upgrade their apps and phone operating systems to the latest variations,”a representative said from Ring
Amazon grabbed the ring in 2015, but this isn’t the first security problem to strike the business. It was claimed that in 2016 Ring staff members could access recorded footage kept on Amazon’s servers – something the industry refutes:
“Ring does not offer and never has offered workers with access to live streams of Ring devices. As discussed in our statement, Ring employees only have access to recordings that are sourced exclusively from openly shared Ring videos from the Neighbors app (in accordance with our regards to service), and from a small fraction of Ring users who have offered their specific written consent to enable us to gain access to and utilize their videos for such purposes,” it continued.
Security issues continue to smart home industry, and act as a continuous reminder about the personal access users provides to tech giants.
Just like many smart home security flaws, the realities of the hack being made use of are little.
An opponent accessing to your home Wi-Fi, to set up an innovative hack on your Ring doorbell to (potentially) fool you into unlocking, would be a significant next-level play. But these constant – lackadaisical – security vulnerabilities do nothing to influence the self-confidence of users that are putting the microphones and cams of tech giants into their houses.
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