IM your best friend. I’m Santa Claus. You don't want to be my best friend?
Those were the last words that an eight-year-old girl heard through the Ring camera installed in the room she shares with her sisters before running to alert her mother.
Previously, the device had been manipulated by a computer criminal, who had called the attention of the little girl when playing the popular song Tiptoe Through the Tulips.
"IM your best friend. You can do what you want right now. You can mess up your room. You can break your TV. You can do whatever you want, ”the stranger mentioned shortly before.
The incident, reported by the WMC television station, occurred in a house in Desoto County, on the northern border of the state of Mississippi, United States.
The camera had been installed in the room of the three daughters of the LeMay family for four days, who had bought it at an offer price on the occasion of Black Friday.
Do a lot of research on it before buying it. Really, I felt it was safe, ”said the mother of the affected girl, nurse Ashley LeMay.
The woman hoped that the device would help her watch her little ones when she fulfilled her night shifts. In fact, I bought it on the recommendation of a friend. “She had one, she looked at her children in her phone. I found it really great, ”he commented.
LeMay admitted that he had not set up two-step authentication in the Ring account, which would have added another level of protection against hacker attack, the television report added.
After the incident, the family adopted multiple security precautions, including changing its Wi-Fi network configuration.
Through a spokesman, Ring dismissed to WMC that the violation of the privacy of the home of the Le May has been the responsibility of the company.
"While we are still investigating this problem and taking appropriate measures to protect our devices based on our investigation, we can confirm that this incident is in no way related to a breach or commitment to Ring's security," he said.
The company based in Santa Mnica, California, said the hacker probably took advantage of the family using the same username and password in various accounts and service subscriptions.
As a precaution, we strongly recommend all Ring users to enable two-factor authentication in their account, add shared users (instead of sharing login credentials), use secure passwords and change them regularly, end.