WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A woman in Georgia was given a horrifying wake-up call by a stranger who hacked into her Ring security camera and started speaking to her in the middle of the night.
- The woman’s friend took to Twitter and shared a clip of the incident, where the man can be heard clapping, calling to the puppy and urging the woman to “wake up!”
- In a similar incident, a Tennessee couple alleged a stranger hacked their Ring camera and talked to their 8-year-old daughter while she was alone in her bedroom.
A woman in Georgia was given a horrifying wake-up call by a stranger who hacked into her Ring security camera and started speaking to her in the middle of the night.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told WSB-TV she was in bed Monday night when a stranger called to her through the camera. It was installed so she and her boyfriend can keep an eye on their new puppy when they’re at work.
A friend of the woman’s shared footage on Twitter. The stranger can be heard clapping, calling to the puppy and telling the woman to “wake up!”
— Lacy (@LacyHartzler) December 10, 2019
“Hello? Hello? Come here, puppy,” he shouts. “Hello? Hello? I can see you in the bed, come on, wake the f*** up.”
The woman said that at first, she thought her boyfriend may have been the one accessing the Ring camera to check in on her and their puppy.
“I was laying there and had just put [the dog] in his crate, and I hear a cough over the Ring camera,” she said. “I see the [Ring camera’s] blue light come on, so I text my boyfriend saying, ‘Why are you watching? We’re laying down, and we’re about to go to sleep.’ And he’s like, ‘What are you talking about?'”
The couple says they reported the incident to Ring but still wants to make other people “aware” of possible security issues with their own home devices.
In Tennessee, a similar incident was reported by a couple claiming a stranger hacked their Ring camera and used it to talk to their 8-year-old daughter who was alone in her bedroom at that time. The couple said they disconnected the camera right away and planned to return it.
In a statement, Ring told In The Know that “customer trust is important to us and we take the security of our devices seriously.”
“While we are still investigating this issue and are taking appropriate steps to protect our devices based on our investigation, we are able to confirm this incident is in no way related to a breach or compromise of Ring’s security,” the home security company continued.