Hackers hack Amazon Rings and harass families

Hackers hack Amazon Rings and harass families

Violet Field inHigh TechDec 31, 2020 2 min read14 views

Fifteen families have filed lawsuits against Amazon subsidiary over security breach

An Amazon logistics platform in Hauts-de-France. (Illustration) - AFP

Threats of death, sexual assault, or demands for ransoms. Users of surveillance cameras, a subsidiary of Ring Amazon, have been victims of hackers who hacked their equipment and managed to come into direct contact with them, reports Futura Sciences. These intrusions would have been made possible by a security breach.

In total, 15 families have launched collective action in the United States against the company. According to The Guardian, the hackers notably addressed a child, commenting on the way he played basketball. A father and son heard a voice asking them what they were watching on television. An elderly lady's camera told her she was going to die that night, and another woman's camera started playing a song from the horror film Insidious.

Are devices incompatible with respect for privacy?

For Hassan Zavareei, the lead lawyer, in this case, many other families could be affected. "This is probably the tip of the iceberg," he told The Guardian. Ring, meanwhile, blames its customers and believes they should have chosen safer passwords, to which those affected respond that the company should impose more complex authentication.

This is not the first time that the Amazon subsidiary has been criticized for its security vulnerabilities. Futura Sciences recalls that at the end of 2019, 3,000 users had seen their data exposed. Jeff Bezos' company also has agreements with the US police to give it access to camera images in more than 1,300 cities. The deputy director of privacy group Fight for the Future told The Guardian that Ring was "incompatible with civil rights and democracy" and that these devices should no longer be marketed.