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Technology What the Ring camera hacks say about the state of security, privacy and technology

21:00  14 december  2019
21:00  14 december  2019 Source:   geekwire.com

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The hacking of multiple Ring cameras this week brought the sometimes abstract world of tech security and privacy into stark relief, as hackers watched and harassed families and children in their homes, demonstrating the frightening real-world consequences of weak password security .

Consumer Reports tests wireless security cameras for data privacy and data security , and we recently tested the Ring Stickup Cam (2nd gen The exposure of these account credentials is just the latest in a series of hacks and vulnerabilities that have affected Ring security cameras and video

The hacking of multiple Ring cameras this week brought the sometimes abstract world of tech security and privacy into stark relief, as hackers watched and harassed families and children in their homes, demonstrating the frightening real-world consequences of weak password security.

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On this episode of the GeekWire Podcast, we explain what happened, discuss practical tips for making devices more secure, and explore the big picture implications for the industry and society. These are the latest incidents to put Amazon-owned Ring in the spotlight over security and privacy.

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Amazon's doorbell camera Ring is working with police – and controlling what they say . Four days after the camera was installed in her daughters' room she says someone hacked the camera “Unfortunately, Ring did not fulfill its core promise of providing privacy and security for its customers

One member of a hacking forum who codes cracking tools, and who Motherboard granted anonymity so they could speak more openly about the process, said Motherboard purchased a Ring camera to test what sort of security protections are in place to stop or slow hackers trying to break into Ring

While biometric identification, facial recognition and artificial intelligence represent a potential replacement for passwords, they also come with potential trade-offs of their own, as demonstrated by new guidelines issued by the Port of Seattle for the use of such technologies.

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Listen above, and continue reading for the stories we discuss this week.

  • Tech industry’s password problems come home to roost with Ring security camera hacks
  • Hackers infiltrate Ring cameras in Florida and Tennessee and harass children
  • Tech experts agree it’s time to regulate artificial intelligence — if only it were that simple
  • Seattle port officials approve face recognition guardrails as feds waffle on the controversial tech
  • New documents reveal details of Seattle scooter-share pilot, including ban on sidewalk riding

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