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Yikes! Ring employees were able to spy on customers' camera feeds

Posted On: Jan 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Pocket-lint

Yikes! Ring employees were able to spy on customers' camera feeds

Another day, another tech company doing something creepy. According to The Intercept and The Information, Ring allowed employees access to unencrypted customer videos taken from its lineup of smart doorbell. The incidents began in 2016, when the company moved from San Francisco to Ukraine, in an effort to save money. Months later, Ring transmitted users' videos without encryption. It aslo gave its R&D team in Ukraine unfettered access to some customers' video files. Specifically, it was given access to the company's Amazon S3 cloud storage, which contained every Ring customer video and a database that detailed who the videos belonged to. Those files were unencrypted, so nothing was stopping Ring employees from downloading or sharing the information they could access. While this was happening with the Ukraine team, US-based Ring executives and engineers were granted access to “unfiltered, round-the-clock live feeds from some customer cameras". The Intercept said this led to Ring engineers "teasing each other...

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