Expert offers tips to protect safety after Ring security cameras targeted by hackers

Updated: December 13, 2019 06:26 PM

There's a warning after strangers are gaining access to people's home security cameras.

The popular company Ring confirms they are investigating multiple incidents across the country where hackers tapped into people's cameras.


From an 8-year-old girl playing in her room to a woman in bed, hackers have been watching and talking to people inside these homes.

"While these devices may be really cool, there might be a small risk," said Mark Lanterman, Chief Technology Officer at Computer Forensic Services.

Stranger hacks Atlanta couple's Ring security camera

Mark Lanterman is an expert in computer forensics. He said sadly this isn't surprising.

"This is a very common growing problem," Lanterman said.

In a company statement, Ring stressed there is "no evidence of an unauthorized intrusion or compromise in Ring's systems or network."

"Most of these attacks are successful because we're lazy," Lanterman said.

So what can you do to keep these strangers out of your home? Lanterman said it's all about protecting your password.

"The most important thing to do is to change the default passwords," Lanterman said.

While this technology can help keep an extra eye on your things, Lanterman said they're still effective if you take the proper steps.

"Before you introduce technology into your home, weigh the risk. Technology is a balancing act, and whenever we gain a convenience we lose some security," Lanterman said.

If you aren't sure how to change the password to your Ring device, just check the owner's manual.

For more information on how to protect yourself from hackers and to see the full statement from Ring, click here.

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