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Your Ring Camera security system could be opening the door to another kind of thief

If they gain access to your Ring account credentials, hackers could wreak havoc.

The advent of the home doorbell security camera has greatly improved home security. By connecting to an app on their device, owners can watch and listen to their front door visitors in real time without having to be face-to-face, or they can save the footage for later viewing or sharing. The system is easy to install and provides users with added security. However, every good tech gadget, comes with its own set of security bugs and flaws.

Just recently two men were charged with illegally gaining access to residential Ring home security cameras in a series of swatting schemes (swatting is the practice of making a prank call to emergency services in order to live stream the police response to the bogus emergencies. And in this case, to the home of hacked ring account owners.) According to Fox News, "The pair allegedly gained access to home security cameras throughout the country from Nov. 7 - 13 in 2020. They obtained access to the Ring devices by hacking the Yahoo! email accounts belonging to victims, authorities said."

"Swatting is a serious crime, and those responsible for it should be brought to justice," A Ring statement to Fox News Digital said. "In this case, we learned bad actors used stolen customer email credentials obtained from external (non-Ring) services to access other accounts, and took immediate steps to help those customers secure their Ring accounts."

Keyloggers are often used in credential theft and could quite possibly have been leveraged to obtain the email accounts credentials that lead to the hackers using the same credentials to the Ring accounts of these victims. ACS's EndpointLock™ keystroke encryption software app installed on your device can protect your credentials by encrypting everything typed into your device.



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