Hackers Take Over Amazon Ring Camera, Demanding 50 Bitcoin Ransom While Setting Off the Alarm
- The hackers infiltrated the Ring doorbell to make it seem as though they were outside of the couple’s home.
- Tania Amador was threatened by the hackers, who said she would be “terminated” if she didn’t comply.
Hackers are becoming more and more bold in their efforts to steal cryptocurrency from unsuspecting investors. A recent attack in Texas, for example, involved a breach of home security cameras by these extortionists, hacking the system to demand cryptocurrency from a couple. According to reports from The Next Web’s Hard Fork, Tania Amador gave her security video to the local news to show scammers demanding 50 Bitcoin from the speaker of her Amazon Ring.
Amador (28) lives in Grand Prairie, located just outside of Dallas, Texas. Speaking with WFAA, she stated,
“I was asleep, and our Ring alarm was going off like an intruder had entered our home. Then we heard a voice coming from our camera.”
The voice said, “Ring Support! Ring Support! We would like to notify you that your account has been terminated by a hacker.” However, that’s not where this scary turn of events ended. The scammers then demanded that Amador pay them 50 Bitcoin, worth about $400,000, adding that she would be “terminated” as well, if she didn’t comply. Adding to their scheme, the hackers managed to infiltrate the Ring doorbell, making it look like the scammers were just outside of the house.
In an effort to stop the scammer, since the couple was unsure of what to do, they removed the batteries from the cameras being impacted. While it would be nice if this circumstance was a one-time attack, it isn’t. Ring has actually been dealing with many disgruntled customers due to concerns over privacy, as there have been multiple reports of hacking on their products from unsavory souls. The process itself is relatively easy for hackers, costing as little as $6 for the software necessary to hack it.
Speaking with WFAA and Amador, the home security company reportedly stated that there was a third-party data breach, leaving account holders of Ring system with their data exposed. However, the company was clear in stating that Ring’s own security had not been compromised or breached directly.
Anyone that has devices connected to their internet in their home should be careful of their own security. More devices leave hackers more opportunities to gain access to your private information, so consumers need to take every effort possible to protect themselves and change passwords frequently.