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Hackers Using Ring Cameras to Spy On, Harass People

In one case, a man harassed a young girl in her bedroom
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2019 12:09 PM CST
A screen shot of the video from Tennessee in which a hacker harassed a little girl.   (YouTube/ABC News)

(Newser) – It is the definition of creepy. A video shows a man who hacked into a Ring security camera harassing an 8-year-old Mississippi girl in her own bedroom. What's more, similar instances have emerged elsewhere across the US this week alone. Ring is investigating but generally maintains that its own security is not to blame. Instead, the company says people are being lax with passwords and other methods of keeping hackers at bay. Coverage:

  • In her room: The incident getting the most attention is out of Mississippi, where a man plays music and taunts young Alyssa LeMay through a security camera in her room. He uses the n-word and tries to get her to do the same, reports the Washington Post. "I’m your best friend, I’m Santa Claus," says the voice. "Don’t you want to be my best friend?" At one point, Alyssa screams for her mom. Eventually, she leaves the room and tells her father, who comes upstairs and unplugs the camera. (The girl is interviewed about her scare in this ABC News video.)
  • Mom's reaction: "I can’t even put into words how badly I feel and how badly my children feel,” mom Ashley LeMay tells the Post. "I put them at risk and there’s nothing I can do to really ease their mind." She also complains that when she called Ring to see if the she could find out where the hack originated, she instead was repeatedly reminded that she failed to set up two-factor authentication.

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