Ring Throws Customers Under the Bus After Data Breach

Ring Throws Customers Under the Bus After Data Breach By Cooper Quintin and Bill Budington Just a week after hackers broke into a Ring camera in a child’s bedroom, taunting the child and sparking serious concerns about the company’s security practices, Buzzfeed News is reporting that over 3,600 Ring owners’ email addresses, passwords, camera locations, and camera names were dumped online. This includes cameras recording private spaces inside homes. This stunning new leak could potentially provide criminals and stalkers with access to view live video feeds from inside and around…

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More Amazon Ring Camera Woes: Hackers Taunt Children and Adults

More Amazon Ring Camera Woes: Hackers Taunt Children and Adults By B.N. Frank It was only a few weeks ago when Amazon issued a patch to Ring video doorbell users because of severe security flaw.  Yesterday, there were 2 new reports of hackers compromising Ring cameras (see 1, 2). Wireless and smart devices may seem convenient but they are actually easier to hack. Internet of Things (IoT) applications are also easy to hack AND they have a 74% failure rate.  That’s why so many security experts continue to warn against…

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Amazon Ring’s Data Maps Surveillance Network; Jeff Bezos Embraces Fascism with Amazon Military Support

Amazon Ring’s Data Maps Surveillance Network; Jeff Bezos Embraces Fascism with Amazon Military Support By Aaron Kesel “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.”― Benito Mussolini Jeff Bezos has embraced fascism, criticizing Silicon Valley for employees of companies like Google who don’t wish to work with the military. Meanwhile, a Gizmodo investigation has revealed that Amazon’s blanket surveillance network, Ring, has lied and misrepresented “what information, if any, they share with law enforcement.” Bezos made the comments during a Department…

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Amazon Ring Doorbell Camera to Build Watchlist of “Suspicious” Neighbors for Police

Amazon Ring Doorbell Camera to Build Watchlist of “Suspicious” Neighbors for Police By John Vibes Ring, the home security system developed by Amazon, is planning to build a database of neighborhood watchlists using facial recognition technology. Documents obtained by the Intercept revealed that the company is working with law enforcement on a system that will identify people who are considered “suspicious,” and let Ring owners know when these individuals are near their home, using the facial recognition software built into the security system’s cameras. The software will also give the Ring…

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Amazon Issues Patch for Ring Video Doorbell Security Flaw. Estimated 200M+ IoT Products Vulnerable to Hacking.

Amazon Issues Patch for Ring Video Doorbell Security Flaw. Estimated 200M+ IoT Products Vulnerable to Hacking. By B.N. Frank Amazon Ring doorbells are very popular right now for homeowners and their neighborhood police departments.  However, Internet of Things (IoT) technology has a 74% failure rate, which explains why security experts are constantly issuing warnings about it (see 1, 2). Unfortunately, none of this has stopped individuals, business, scientists, and others from wanting to use IoT for surveillance, automated vehicles, and more. Thanks to Cloud Wedge for this article about the…

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U.S. Lawmakers Demand Amazon Disclose How Ring Stores Data

U.S. Lawmakers Demand Amazon Disclose How Ring Stores Data By Aaron Kesel U.S. lawmakers are demanding that Amazon tell them more about how Ring, Amazon’s surveillance network, is protecting consumer data. They cited the potential for the sensitive footage “detailing the lives of millions of Americans” to fall into the hands of hackers and foreign spies. On Wednesday, five Democratic lawmakers made their concerns public about potential security vulnerabilities in Ring’s systems and the sharing of Americans’ home security footage with research and development teams on foreign soil in a…

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New Home “Amazon Experience Centers” Are Really Amazon Home Surveillance Centers

New Home “Amazon Experience Centers” Are Really Amazon Home Surveillance Centers By MassPrivateI For those of you who miss the good old days when government spies used to bug people’s homes, I give you “Amazon Experience Centers”: new homes pre-equipped with a mind-boggling array of listening devices. Amazon’s ‘Experience Centers’ tagline, “Try smart home devices in person and see how Amazon can simplify your everyday” is less about simplification and more about home surveillance. As NPR notes, builders like Lennar Homes have pre-installed Amazon smart devices in at least 45,000 new…

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Amazon Alexa Could Be Used To Prosecute Case In Florida — But Is There Probable Cause?

Amazon Alexa Could Be Used To Prosecute Case In Florida — But Is There Probable Cause? By Aaron Kesel Police in Florida are investigating whether Alexa can be a witness to a possible murder and are attempting to use the smart device for its knowledge on the death. In July, Sylvia Galva Crespo, 32, was killed by a spear to the chest at home in her Hallandale Beach, Florida, north of Miami, in which her husband, Adam Crespo, 43, stated was a mysterious accident. Police believe that the smart device…

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Amazon Facial Recognition Falsely Identified 27 Pro Athletes As Criminals

Amazon Facial Recognition Falsely Identified 27 Pro Athletes As Criminals By John Vibes Police and government agencies are becoming increasingly reliant on facial recognition software to hunt for suspects, despite the fact that this technology is notorious for falsely identifying innocent people as criminals. In one of the most recent cases, Amazon’s facial recognition technology falsely identified 27 different professional athletes as criminals. While it may be true that professional football players have been known to get in trouble from time to time, this is obviously a failure of the…

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Surveillance Partners: Amazon Ring and Police Departments

Surveillance Partners: Amazon Ring and Police Departments By Michael Boldin The company has partnered with 400-500 departments – and provides direct access to surveillance footage through a special “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal,” an interactive map that allows officers to request footage directly from camera owners. So far, police are requesting permission from owners – but how long will that last?  SHOW LINKS: JOIN TAC Show Archives Subscribe and Review on iTunes How Amazon’s Ring is creating a surveillance network with video doorbells Doorbell-camera firm Ring has partnered with 400…

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