How to keep Internet camera hackers away from your home

Left: In 2019, an eight-year-old girl in the US was harassed by a stranger - through her room's hacked Ring security camera - who said, among other things: "I'm your best friend. I'm Santa Claus." Right: A 13-year-old boy was in the kitchen of his fa
In 2019, an eight-year-old girl in the US was harassed by a stranger - through her room's hacked Ring security camera - who said, among other things: "I'm your best friend. I'm Santa Claus."PHOTO: RING.COM/YOUTUBE
Left: In 2019, an eight-year-old girl in the US was harassed by a stranger - through her room's hacked Ring security camera - who said, among other things: "I'm your best friend. I'm Santa Claus." Right: A 13-year-old boy was in the kitchen of his fa
A 13-year-old boy was in the kitchen of his family's home in the US in 2019 when he heard someone saying "Hello, I see you" from one of several security cameras installed in the house.PHOTO: RING.COM/YOUTUBE

Internet home security cameras came into the spotlight again in December last year when dozens of United States customers took up a class action lawsuit against popular smart camera-maker Ring after they were harassed by people who hacked into their devices.

Some hackers allegedly issued death warnings, threatened sexual assault and spewed racial slurs through the victims' smart cameras from Ring, which is owned by tech giant Amazon.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2021, with the headline 'How to keep Internet camera hackers away from your home'. Subscribe