Recently,media reported that a Texas couple’s Home ring smart home device was hacked, resulting in the alarm in the middle of the night to wake up. After some inspection, the user discovered that their Ring account had been terminated and that 50 bitcoins (market value over $350,000) had been extorted by the attacker. A short video released by ABC affiliate WFAA shows the couple hearing hackers who illegally accessed their cameras and speakers sneering remotely, and it’s not clear the extent of the threat.
(From: Ring, via BGR)
If cybercriminals simply broke through the couple’s Ring camera, they might have laughed it off. But there’s another scary fact in the whole story — hackers also control the Ring smart doorbell of the house.
The attackers used the doorbell to trick the couple into believing that the hackers had intruded on their real property while demanding a ransom.
Eventually, the couple decided to turn off Ring Smart’s doorbell by power, and the hacker’s dark plan was thwarted.
As long as the communication line is cut off, the attacker will not be able to spy on the real-time video of the victim’s home, leaving the cybercriminals behind it to know.