Amazon’s Ring smart home system has apparently been the victim of a ransomware attack. At least, the AlphV group is now threatening the popular manufacturer of smart doorbells and surveillance cameras to publish the allegedly stolen data. Ring itself, however, denies reports of an attack.
Ransomware group threatens Ring
Users of Ring’s smart home system are currently having to deal with some bad news. For example, the Amazon subsidiary announced a few days ago that it would tie essential features of the gadgets, such as doorbells and alarms, to a monthly subscription fee. Now there is more bad news, which should make not only the users but also the company itself anything but positive. After all, the security systems manufacturer of all things is said to have fallen victim to an attack by ransomware group AlphV, according to a report from Vice.com.
This claims at least the group itself. The group is now threatening the company to publish captured data. However, the company does not yet see any need for action. After all, according to the Amazon subsidiary, no attack has taken place. The group of cybercriminals published AlphV’s threat on its own website. Here, the group subtitles Ring’s company logo with the words “There is always a way to give us your data. A warning could hardly be clearer.
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Smart home expert denies attack
Whether and to what extent data of customers was also captured in the possible ransomware attack is still uncertain. However, the attackers would definitely have a motive. Recently, criticism of Ring’s cooperation with police authorities has become louder and louder. After all, the company is said to have passed on some unauthorized video material to the authorities. Ring itself has not yet confirmed the attack. The colleagues from Golem.de asked the Amazon subsidiary and received the answer that there were currently no indications that a ransomware incident had occurred. However, since the company did not want to provide any further details when asked, we can probably assume that there is a certain amount of uncertainty at the security gadget manufacturer. We will be curious to see if Ring really maintains its denial.