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A Hacker in Mississippi Used A Family's 'Ring' Camera To Taunt 8-Year-Old Girl

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By Ben Robinson III

It's a sad state of affairs when even after securing your home with surveillance cameras you're still susceptible to breaches. What makes it even worse is when you believe you're spending this money for protection to ensure your family's safety and some creep comes along and traumatizes a member of your household. This is what happened to an eight-year-old girl in Mississippi when a hacker broke through her family's Ring doorbell security camera and harassed her by telling her he was Santa Claus.

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'Tis the season to keep your family safe from criminals and theives, as the holidays have always been notoriously famous for having huge surges in criminal activity. In a 2017 interview with Oxygen Jason Willingham of the Tulsa Police Department revealed;

"Criminals tend to strike more during the holiday season because they know there are many people out holiday shopping," he said. "There are more victims out there. The more cars there are, the easier it is for those guys to blend in.”

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He added;

“When you leave the mall, before you walk outside, put your keys in your hand, think about where you parked, and put the cell phone down,” Willingham said. “These guys look for victims. If someone is walking swiftly with a purpose and they know what’s going on around them, they’re not going to attack that individual.”

And now in the digital age sometimes, crime has nothing to do with gaining something and everything to do with bored individual's need for excitement.

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The Shade Room reports;

Ashley LeMay told CNN affiliate WMC that she installed the camera in her daughters’ room so she could watch over them while she works her overnight nursing shifts. “I did a lot of research on these before I got them. You know, I really felt like it was safe,” LeMay said. Footage shows LeMay’s 8-year-old daughter Alyssa walk into her room after she hears noises. You can see her ask “Who is that?” before a man responds saying, “I’m your best friend. I’m Santa Claus…I’m Santa Claus. Don’t you want to be my best friend?”

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What happened next was devastating. The hacker harassed the little girl into destroying her room before she helplessly called for her mother. Now the family wants answers, although Ring stands by their product. They adamantly suggest that the reason these breaches happen is because users are not creating strong enough measures to keep the creeps out of their houses in every way possible.

“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,”

No word on whether or not they've apprehended the person responsible for the hack.

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