A mother has released a video of a hacker talking to her eight-year-old daughter through a Ring camera set up in the child’s bedroom. This is definitely parent’s nightmare!
Ashley LeMay, a nurse from Mississippi, bought the Ring security camera during Black Friday sales. Reason being is to watch over her 3 daughters when she was on night shifts. Another friend of her who is a mum too recommended it.
“I did a lot of research on these before I got them. You know, I really felt like it was safe,” Ashley said.
Each time I've watched this video it's given me chills.
A Desoto County mother shared this Ring video with me. Four days after the camera was installed in her daughters' room she says someone hacked the camera & began talking to her 8-year-old daughter.
— Jessica Holley (@Jessica_Holley) December 10, 2019
But, just four days after installing the camera, Ashley’s eight-year-old daughter Alyssa heard strange music coming from her room.It was the recording of the eerie song Tiptoe Through The Tulips (Indicious, 2010) that playing through the security camera speaker. . Gosh, this song sounds terrifying.. if you ever watch the Insidious, James Wan’s horror movie ..then you will definitely agreed with me 😖
After entering the room to look for the source of the music, she hear some banging noise and was asking ” Who is that?” then a man’s voice came through the camera.
“I’m your best friend, I’m Santa Claus🎅,” the man can be heard telling the child in the video. After Alyssa yells “Mommy!” the hacker repeats himself: “I’m Santa Claus, don’t you want to be my best friend?”
The man kept encouraging her for some “destructive behaviour” until Ashley’s husband, who was home came into the room and disconnected the camera.
“I watched the video and I mean my heart just like… I didn’t even get to the end where she is screaming ‘mommy’ before I like ran inside,” said Ashley. “They could have watched them sleeping, changing. I mean they could have seen all kinds of things.
While Ashley said she had not set up two-factor authentication for her Ring account, the family has since added extra security measures into their home.
Spoke person of Ring said the incident was not related to a “breach or compromise of Ring’s security”.They are also in the midst of investigating the issue and will take appropriate steps to protect the devices.
“Due to the fact that customers often use the same username and password for their various accounts and subscriptions, bad actors often re-use credentials stolen or leaked from one service on other services. As a precaution, we highly and openly encourage all Ring users to enable two-factor authentication on their Ring account, add Shared Users (instead of sharing login credentials), use strong passwords, and regularly change their passwords.”
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