CNET is reporting on the latest example of security cameras exposing the very people they’re supposed to protect.
According to the report, Netherlands resident Dio clicked on the Xiaomi camera feed on his Google Nest Hub, expecting to see a blackboard he had the camera pointed at for test purposes. Instead, he saw a stranger’s kitchen. Repeated attempts showed a random collection of other people’s cameras, only occasionally displaying his own.
At this point, no one is aware of the cause of the issues or whether it is on Google or Xiaomi’s end. In the meantime, Google has disabled Xiaomi integration until a fix can be implemented.
“We’re aware of the issue and are in contact with Xiaomi to work on a fix. In the meantime, we’re disabling Xiaomi integrations on our devices,” Google told CNET, although they did say they were not aware of other instances of this happening.
Ring has been under fire recently over a number of hacking incidents, and security camera maker Wyze suffered a high-profile data breach. These incidents continue to demonstrate the need for IoT companies, especially ones in the security market, to place a greater emphasis on security protocols and testing.