Ring Data Breach Could Compromise Users’ Payment Information
A total of 3,672 Ring camera accounts may have been compromised this week as part of a data leak. The leaked information included usernames, passwords, room names assigned to Ring cameras, and time zones.
With this information, hackers have the potential to log into Ring accounts to see telephone numbers, home addresses, and the payment details linked to the account. Ring also stores up to 60 days of video history for home cameras, giving hackers access to months of private footage at customers’ homes.
Ring has emailed affected accountholders to notify them about the breach. In the email, the company alleges the incident “is in no way related to a breach or compromise of Ring’s security.” Instead, Ring believes hackers used login credentials from another data breach. Since people often use the same username and password for multiple accounts, it is possible that the stolen details came from another source.
Ring is encouraging affected parties to activate the two-factor authentication on their account for extra security. They also suggest changing the password for the account.
Earlier this month, several Ring users reported their camera security systems were hacked. In many instances, an unidentified male voice came from the speaker on the Ring camera, making rude comments or instructing people in the room to perform various acts. Amazon, the company that owns Ring, says these instances were also the result of leaked login information.