Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers
A new report by Bitdefender underscores the security risks involved with Internet-of-things (IoT) devices. Earlier this year, researchers with the firm discovered that Amazon Ring smart doorbells leak the Wi-Fi password of the home network they are connected to, allowing threat actors to capture the credentials and use then to compromise the network.
The problem occurs whenever the doorbell joins the network. After a user enters their Wi-Fi password in the smart app used to control the doorbell, it will send these credentials to the network in plaintext and over an unencrupted connection, which makes it possible for hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password. Amazon issued a patch for the flaw in September.