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Technology Google cuts off Xiaomi smart camera access after bug showed photos of strangers' homes

01:20  03 january  2020
01:20  03 january  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Security issues on smart cameras are yet another reason for anxiety, since hackers could get a direct feed on people's activities. Dio said he wasn't doing anything malicious when he The camera can be linked to Google Nest devices through the Mi Home app, which Dio said he primarily used.

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On New Year's Day, Dio looked at his Google Nest Hub, and clicked on the camera tab to see video from his Xiaomi camera, expecting to see a live feed of the blackboard he had the smart device pointed to.

a close up of a sign: The Nest Hub started showing photos from Xiaomi cameras in strangers' homes instead of his own feed, Dio said. Dio-V / via Reddit© Provided by CNET The Nest Hub started showing photos from Xiaomi cameras in strangers' homes instead of his own feed, Dio said. Dio-V / via Reddit

Instead, he saw stills from a stranger's camera, pointing at what looked like someone's kitchen. Confused, he did it again and again, and got a different image each time. Only every now and then it would be an image from his own camera.

The Nest Hub started showing photos from Xiaomi cameras in strangers' homes instead of his own feed, Dio said.© Dio-V / via Reddit

The Nest Hub started showing photos from Xiaomi cameras in strangers' homes instead of his own feed, Dio said.

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He had seen inside someone's living room, a baby sleeping, a person sitting in the kitchen, and another photo of a child with toys, according to stills he posted in a Reddit thread highlighting the issue on Wednesday.

Dio, from the Netherlands, declined to give his full name out of safety concerns. He said his camera and the Nest Hub were on the latest firmware when he first started seeing the strangers' photos.

"I'm just glad I didn't have one pointed at our bed or shower," he said in an email.

It's unclear what caused the images to start popping up on his Nest Hub.

"We're aware of the issue and are in contact with Xiaomi to work on a fix. In the meantime, we're disabling Xiaomi integrations on our devices," Google said. The company isn't aware of other instances of this happening.

Google confirms 'issue,' disables Xiaomi link to Assistant and Google Home

  Google confirms 'issue,' disables Xiaomi link to Assistant and Google Home Over the last day or so, a poster on Reddit has reported that trying to view the feed from his Xiaomi Mijia 1080p camera on a Google Nest Hub resulted in a feed that included still images, apparently showing cameras in stranger's homes. Android Police picked up on /r/Dio-V's situation, as he posted video that flashed stills of someone's porch, and a man sleeping in a chair. The poster reports he purchased his camera new on AliExpress. In a statement, a Google spokesperson responded by saying "We're aware of the issue and are in contact with Xiaomi to work on a fix," without explaining what it needed to fix.

Some photos show security camera shots from inside bedrooms with subjects asleep. Google has since removed the Xiaomi integration with its A Reddit user connected a Xiaomi Miija security camera to a Google Nest Hub expecting to be able to see through the 130-degree camera from the

Smart light bulbs, smart cameras for your home , and of course, smart hubs so you can access your voice assistant of choice anywhere in your home and interact with all A Google spokesperson stated to Android Authority that they were “aware of the issue and are in contact with Xiaomi to work on a fix.

Xiaomi didn't respond to a request for comment.

Smart devices are notorious for security concerns, like when hackers took advantage of Ring's authentication process and were able to hijack video doorbells and harass owners. Security issues on smart cameras are yet another reason for anxiety, since hackers could get a direct feed on people's activities.

Dio said he wasn't doing anything malicious when he discovered the technical flaw, and mostly found it by accident when he was testing his Xiaomi Mijia smart camera, which he bought from AliExpress in June.

The camera can be linked to Google Nest devices through the Mi Home app, which Dio said he primarily used.

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