A family in Tennessee says that a man hacked into their Amazon Ring security camera to talk to an 8-year-old girl in her bedroom.
Ashley LeMay of Memphis said she bought a Ring security camera for Black Friday, but now plans to get rid of it after a hacker accessed the camera to tell her daughter he’s Santa Claus. WMC first reported the story.
man reportedly accessed the camera in her daughter’s room to play “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” (a song used in many horror films) and told the girl through the camera’s speaker, “I’m your best friend … I’m Santa Claus.” He also told her, “You can do whatever you want right now. You can mess up your room. You can break your TV. You can do whatever you want.” Ring’s security camera has HD video, night vision, and a two-way talk feature, so the hacker was most likely able to not only talk to LeMay’s daughter but also see her. “They could have watched them sleeping, changing. I mean, they could have seen all kinds of things,” LeMay told WMC. “Honestly, my gut, it makes me feel like it’s either somebody who knows us or somebody who is very close by.”