"Hey, what show is that? I've seen that show before. Hello?" the creepy voice said to the young girl watching TV.
A Nebraska father released footage of an unknown man who hacked the family's Ring camera and attempted to speak with his young daughter while she watched TV.
Adam Krcilek had the surveillance system placed on his kitchen counter facing the living room. In the video, when he momentarily leaves the room, a voice is suddenly heard through the camera's built-in speaker asking the the daughter in an unsettling voice, "Whacha watchin?"
"Hey, what show is that?" the voice continued. "I've seen that show before. What season ya on? Hello?"
Krcilek comes back into the room and opens the refrigerator door, prompting the hacker to inquire, "Whaddya eating? Ya hungry," which causes the father to look around and ask "What?"
Krcilek then makes his way towards the camera as a spine-chilling, high-pitched voice sings, "Hello, this is Ring."
"Who is this," Krcilek asks before disabling the camera.
The father told Fox 32 he was never advised about a two-factor verification system that protects from hackers.
"That's what I am so upset about now," he said. "I have now taken down all my interior Ring cameras."
The news comes just a day after a Tennessee mother, Ashley LeMay, released chilling footage of a hacker trying to befriend her daughter in her bedroom.
Eight-year-old Alyssa heard strange noise coming from her room, including really creepy music: Tiny Tim's "Tiptoe Through The Tulips".
"First, what happened I was in the hallway I thought it was my sister because I hear music," the child told WMC. "It's like ‘tiptoe through the window'."
Each time I've watched this video it's given me chills.— Jessica Holley (@Jessica_Holley) December 10, 2019
A Desoto County mother shared this Ring video with me. Four days after the camera was installed in her daughters' room she says someone hacked the camera & began talking to her 8-year-old daughter.
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"So I come upstairs and I hear some banging noise and I am like 'who is that?'" As the unsettling recorded footage shows, a man's disembodied voice replies: "I'm your best friend... I'm Santa Claus."
The clearly terrified child screams for her mother, and the voice persists: "I'm Santa Claus. Don't you want to be my best friend?" LeMay's husband quickly disconnected the camera.
"Honestly, my gut it makes me feel like it’s either somebody who knows us or somebody who is very close by."
Police are trying to establish the identity of the hacker.
At least five families in different states have reported that hackers have spoken to them through the Ring devices, according to Fox 32, with some families claiming the hackers used racial slurs.
"Unfortunately, when people reuse the same username and password on multiple services, it's possible for bad actors to gain access to many accounts," Ring said in a statement. "We will continue to introduce additional security features to keep your Ring account and devices secure."
"As a precaution, we highly and openly encourage all Ring users to enable two-factor authentication on their Ring account, add Shared Users (instead of sharing login credentials), use strong passwords, and regularly change their passwords," the company added.
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