Whistleblower: Amazon Ring stores your doorbell and home video feeds unencrypted and grants broad "unfettered" access to them


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/01/10/surveillance-a-go-go.html


#2

“Of particular note is a team of Ukrainian researchers who are charged with improving the product’s facial recognition tools as part of the company’s push to turn Ring doorbells into a private surveillance grid that conducts continuous streetwide surveillance”

Good lord.


#3

Appropriately creepy for a product with a name that sounds like the world’s worst sex toy.


#4

I thought it rang a bell… :rofl:

Wonder if there’s any EU sales yet? The data privacy act should shut them down permanently!


#5

Wasn’t this a plot point in a Batman movie?


#6

So far, I haven’t seen one Internet of Shit thing I would be willing to install in my home: too many chances for the programming to be subverted, crap security, the list goes on…


#7

Well, the good thing about a doorbell is that it is usually installed outside the home, facing away from the premises.


#8

They also sell interior cameras.


#9

Yes, I do occasional tech support for a gallery in London, and when I went to their new site to fix some network stuff, it turned out that one of these items was among the things that needed reconfiguring. I remember thinking “hmm, this seems like massive cloud-based overkill for a doorbell”. One of the gallery owners is prone to buying exciting new things that he sees on the internet.


#10

:fearful:

Clearly plenty of opportunity and uh exposure.

:scream:


#11

Phat LOL
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#12

I’m pretty sure there was a Doctor Who episode like this.


#13

that’s the bad part!

if i had agreed to have an amazon camera in my home – well, to some extent buyer beware.

i never consented to my neighbors recording my comings and goings, let alone handing those recordings over to a megacorp.


#14

…and it’s nothing to do with a certain wall coming between you and the caller


#15

I was once thinking of having a camera in a garage but there was a question of having a mains supply…


#16

Use all the cameras you want, just don’t trust any of this cloud security nonsense. If my security footage isn’t secure, than my home isn’t secure.


#17

This is great news…for exhibitionists.

I wonder if exhibitionists scan the tech forums, looking for the latest gadgets that are insecure or easily hacked and broadcast video.


#18

I’ve seen tv commercials for it, in Dutch, for a few months now.


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