For Owners of Amazons Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching Too
Publisher: The Intercept
Date Written: 10/01/2019
Year Published: 2019
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23215
Amazon's Ring security cameras have a history of lax, sloppy oversight when it comes to deciding who has access to some of the most precious, intimate data belonging to any person: a live, high-definition feed from around -and perhaps inside- their house.
Despite its mission to keep people and their property secure, the company's treatment of customer video feeds has been anything but, people familiar with the company's practices told The Intercept. Beginning in 2016, according to one source, Ring provided its Ukraine-based research and development team virtually unfettered access to a folder on Amazon's S3 cloud storage service that contained every video created by every Ring camera around the world. This would amount to an enormous list of highly sensitive files that could be easily browsed and viewed. Downloading and sharing these customer video files would have required little more than a click. The Information, which has aggressively covered Ring's security lapses, reported on these practices last month.