Security investigators have discovered a weakness in the bells External Doors (Ring doorbell) that resulted in exposing the passwords of the Wifi networks that were connected.
Bitdefender said its bell Amazon sends Wifi passwords to owners in hard copy, as long as the doorbell is connected to the local network, it allows nearby hackers to steal the password Wi-Fi and gain access to the network in order to attack.
“When first setting up the device, the smartphone app must send the credentials to the wireless network. This is done in an uncertain way, through an unprotected access point, "she said Bitdefender. "When the network is open, the application automatically connects to it, requests access to the device and then sends credentials to the local network."
But all this is done through an unencrypted connection, exposing the WiFi password.
Amazon fixed the vulnerability on all devices in September.
It's another example of smart home technology suffering from security issues. As smart home appliances are designed to make our lives easier and homes safer, researchers are still finding vulnerabilities that allow hackers to access the same thing they are trying to protect.
Earlier this year, the weaknesses in a popular smart home hub they allowed the researchers to break into a person's home by activating a smart lock to unlock the door.
Finally, Amazon has faced intense scrutiny in recent months for the law enforcement ring. Some news outlets, including Gizmodo, have detailed Ring's close relationship with police departments.