Ring Video Doorbell had a huge vulnerability – as assaulters might inject their fake video.
Another day, another considerable security flaw
Ring Video Doorbell showed to be hackable
February 28, 2019
The Ring Video Doorbell had a security defect that could make it possible for an assaulter to show a fake video stream to the user, a security company has revealed.
The defect has now been fixed, but users running older firmware could still be a danger.
Researchers at BullGuard showed at MWC 2019 how aggressors with access to the home’s cordless network could view the video doorbell’s feed, and even inject their phony video footage. That, in theory, could be used to fool users into opening their front door, physically or through a connected smart lock.
And Ring has reacted: “Customer trust is important to us, and we take the security of our gadgets seriously. The concern in the Ring app was formerly repaired, and we always encourage consumers to update their apps and phone os to the most recent versions,” a spokesperson said.
Amazon bought the ring in 2015, but this isn’t the first security problem to hit the company. It was claimed that in 2016 Ring workers might access recorded video footage stored on Amazon’s servers – something the company refutes:
“Ring does not supply and never has provided workers with access to live streams of Ring gadgets. As pointed out in our declaration, Ring employees only have access to recordings that are sourced solely from publicly shared Ring videos from the Neighbors app (in accordance with our regards to service), and from a small fraction of Ring users who have provided their explicit written grant allow us to access and use their videos for such purposes,” it continued.
Security issues continue to pet dog the smart home market, and function as a consistent pointer about the individual access users give to tech giants. Google is likewise getting heat over the microphone positioned inside the Nest Guard product, which the company overlooked to point out in its marketing materials.
Just like many smart home security defects, the truths of the hack being exploited are little. An attacker gaining access to your home Wi-Fi, to establish an advanced hack on your Ring doorbell to (potentially) fool you into unlocking, would be a next-level severe play. But these constant – seemingly indifferent – security vulnerabilities do not do anything to motivate the confidence of users that are putting the microphones and cams of tech giants into their homes.