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Inside the podcast that hacks Ring camera owners live on air • VICE
Joseph Cox and Jason Koebler:
<p>"Sit back and relax to over 45 minutes of entertainment," an advertisement for the podcast posted to a hacking forum called Nulled reads. "Join us as we go on completely random tangents such as; Ring & Nest Trolling, telling shelter owners we killed a kitten, Nulled drama, and more ridiculous topics. Be sure to join our Discord to watch the shows live."

Software to hack Ring cameras has recently become popular on the forum. The software churns through previously compromised email addresses and passwords to break into Ring cameras at scale. This has led to a recent spate of hacks that have occurred both during the podcast and at other times, several of which have been covered by local media outlets. In Brookhaven a hacker shouted at a sleeping woman through her hacked Ring camera to wake-up. In Texas, a hacker demanded a couple pay a bitcoin ransom. Hackers targeted a family in DeSoto County, Mississippi, and spoke through the device to one of the young children.

Ring cameras are the wildly popular home surveillance devices owned and heavily marketed by Amazon. The company has signed partnership agreements with hundreds of police departments around the country; many of these police departments have marketed and sold Ring devices on the company's behalf. These internet-connected cameras have invaded much of America's suburbs, as Gizmodo showed using data that Ring left exposed. These hacks, and this podcast, have turned devices nominally designed to protect people's homes into surveillance devices that have been turned back on their owners.

After the recent media attention about Ring hacks, Nulled members are scrambling to remove evidence of the Ring hacks and distance themselves from the practice.</p>


Inviting devices into your home and not having simple ways to make them secure seems suboptimal. And so it proves.
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14 hours ago by charlesarthur
Hackers Openly Peddle Tools to Hack Ring Cameras - ExtremeTech
After a widely-reported Ring camera hack, Motherboard investigated and found network of online ne'er-do-wells specifically targeting the company's cameras.  ...
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21 hours ago by kger
Ring's Neighbors Data Let Us Map Amazon's Home Surveillance Network
However, a Gizmodo investigation, which began last month and ultimately revealed the potential locations of up to tens of thousands of Ring cameras, has cast new doubt on the effectiveness of the company's privacy safeguards. It further offers one of the most "striking" and "disturbing" glimpses yet, privacy experts said, of Amazon's privately run, omni-surveillance shroud that's enveloping U.S. cities.
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2 days ago by jonlabelle
Ring's Neighbors Data Let Us Map Amazon's Home Surveillance Network - Gizmodo
Gizmodo has acquired data over the past month connected to nearly 65,800 individual posts shared by users of the Neighbors app. The posts, which reach back 500 days from the point of collection, offer extraordinary insight into the proliferation of Ring video surveillance across American neighborhoods and raise important questions about the privacy trade-offs of a consumer-driven network of surveillance cameras controlled by one of the world’s most powerful corporations.
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2 days ago by aeng
Ring's Neighbors data let us map Amazon's home surveillance network • Gizmodo
Dell Cameron and Dhruv Mehrotra:
<p>Gizmodo has acquired data over the past month connected to nearly 65,800 individual posts shared by users of the Neighbors app. The posts, which reach back 500 days from the point of collection, offer extraordinary insight into the proliferation of Ring video surveillance across American neighborhoods and raise important questions about the privacy trade-offs of a consumer-driven network of surveillance cameras controlled by one of the world’s most powerful corporations.

And not just for those whose faces have been recorded.

Examining the network traffic of the Neighbors app produced unexpected data, including hidden geographic coordinates that are connected to each post—latitude and longitude with up to six decimal points of precision, accurate enough to pinpoint roughly a square inch of ground.

Neighbors, which has millions of users, is advertised as a way to receive “real-time crime and safety alerts” from local law enforcement and other Neighbors users nearby. A Ring camera isn’t required to use the app. In cities where police have partnered with Ring, police officers have access to a special law enforcement portal, through which the officers can request access to Ring footage. They can choose a date, a time, and a location on a map, and Neighbors users with cameras in the vicinity are alerted.</p>


They found about 20,000 cameras, and then stopped because they felt they'd proved their point - but there are many, many more out there. A researcher at MIT Media Lab has located 440,000 cameras in 1,800 US counties.

In Europe, Amazon would be looking down the wrong end of a giant GDPR lawsuit.
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3 days ago by charlesarthur
Windows Insider - Get Latest Fast Ring ISO image | Tutorials
Information The Windows Insider team has chosen not to release Insider ISO images until some time after a build gets released to the Slow Ring. There have been a few exceptions, but usually ISO images will be available only after a Slow Ring
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3 days ago by DethStryke
RAICES on Twitter: "We have a Ring camera at one of our offices that provides counsel to immigrants in Texas. On reading this we are taking it down today. If data is shared with the police, they can share it with ICE. Throw your Ring in the trash. https:/
(From the quoted Vice article:)
“Ring is not your friend.

“’If someone refuses to provide footage to police, all police need to do is reach out to Ring.

“…officers are instructed to contact Ring and request that the captured video be preserved.’”

(And from @RAICESTEXAS’s tweet:)
“We have a Ring camera at one of our offices that provides counsel to immigrants in Texas.

“On reading this we are taking it down today. If data is shared with the police, they can share it with ICE.

“Throw your Ring in the trash.”
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6 days ago by handcoding
Ring let police view map of video doorbell installations for over a year • CNet
Alfred Ng:
<p>For more than a year, police departments partnered with Amazon's Ring unit had access to a map showing where its video doorbells were installed, down to the street, public documents revealed. So while Ring said it didn't provide police with addresses for the devices, a feature in the map tool let them get extremely close. The feature was removed in July.

Public documents from the Rolling Meadows Police Department in Illinois, obtained by privacy researcher Shreyas Gandlur and reviewed by CNET, revealed that police had access to a heat map that showed the concentration of Ring cameras in a neighborhood.

In its default state, the heat map showed police where Ring cameras are concentrated: the darker the shade, the more the cameras. But when zoomed in, it would show light circles around individual locations, essentially outing Ring owners to police. Police could also type in specific addresses to see the cameras in the surrounding area.

In a statement, Ring denied that its heat map tool gave exact locations of its users.

"As previously stated, our video request feature does not give police access to the locations of devices. Ring is constantly working to improve our products and services and, earlier this year, we updated the video request process to no longer include any device density information," the company said.</p>


As heat maps go, it gave you a pretty good idea where the devices were.
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