A lawsuit filed by an Alabama man claims that someone gained access to his Ring security camera and used the device's two-way speaker system to harass his children.
Inside court documents filed on Thursday, John Baker Orange says he bought Amazon's Internet-connected camera in July 2019 and installed it in his garage to "provide additional security" for his family.
Orange says there has been a cyber security breach involving his three children, ages seven, nine, and ten, playing basketball in the garage.
He claims that someone interacted with his children through the speaker system, encouraging them to approach the camera.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in California, claims that camera systems are "fatally defective." He also states that the company does not offer two-factor authentication and only requires its users to use basic passwords when setting up their devices.
"Ring does not live up to its core promise of providing privacy and security to its customers," court documents said. "Ring failed to fulfill this basic obligation by not ensuring that its Wi-Fi cameras were protected from cyber attacks."
Seven similar incidents of hacking in the US are mentioned in the process.
In December, a Mississippi family released the video of a chilling incident where someone broke into Ring's security camera installed in their children's bedroom.
In filming, an unknown man uses the speaker to harass the couple's 8-year-old daughter.
"I'm your best friend. I'm Santa," says the voice. "I'm Santa Claus. Don't you want to be my best friend?"
In another incident in northern Texas, someone broke into a family's Ring camera and shouted profanity, racial slurs and threatened their young children.
In court documents, the company says it takes "security of its devices seriously". Ring said the hacked cameras were accessed when "unauthorized third parties were able to log in as authentic users with appropriate passwords".
CTVNews.ca contacted Ring to comment on the Orange process. The company has not yet responded.