Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Amazon, Ring face lawsuit over alleged security camera hacks

The class action blames Ring for failing to stop hacks across the US.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
December 27, 2019
258 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Ring

Concerns over the security and privacy of Ring cameras are coming to a boil. Alabama resident John Orange has filed a class action lawsuit accusing Amazon and Ring of failing to do enough to secure their security systems against hacks, including Orange's. He alleged that a stranger compromised his Ring outdoor camera and spooked his kids as a "direct and proximate" result of the company's inability to protect its devices "against cyber-attack." He pointed to other incidents to support the argument for a class action, including a highly publicized event in December where a remote intruder harassed a Mississippi girl.

Orange also claimed that Ring's response was evidence of the company blaming customers. It told Orange that there was "no evidence" someone had hacked the firm's infrastructure, and that his incident may be the result of a breach at a "non-Ring service" where the perpetrators reused info to sign into Ring accounts. In other words, Ring couldn't help it if people reused passwords with sites and services it can't control.

The suit formally levels accusations of breach of contract, invasion of privacy, negligence, unjust enrichment and violating California's Unfair Competition Law (through misleading representations of security). If it achieves class action status, it would ask Amazon and Ring to compensate victims and implement "improved security procedures and measures."

We've asked Ring for comment, although a spokesperson declined to comment to Gizmodo saying that the company "does not comment on legal matters."

Whether or not the lawsuit succeeds will likely depend on the nature of the incidents. Orange will have to show that there really was something Ring could do to have prevented these incidents. If Ring's suspicions are correct and there was an outside breach that exposed its users, Orange is out of luck -- the company can't block intruders who use the right logins and otherwise show no signs of suspicious activity.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
258 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Put Bernie Sanders almost anywhere with this Google Street View app

Put Bernie Sanders almost anywhere with this Google Street View app

View
Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, will add free multiplayer for some games

Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, will add free multiplayer for some games

View
Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad drops to $199 at Amazon

Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad drops to $199 at Amazon

View
FTC issues first fines using a law against ticket scalping bots

FTC issues first fines using a law against ticket scalping bots

View
Home security technician admits hacking customers' security cameras

Home security technician admits hacking customers' security cameras

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr