Motherboard has found that hackers have developed brute-forcing software capable of breaking into Ring cameras. Those cameras do offer two-factor authentication, but many users still haven't implemented it. WMC5 reported one incident Wednesday in which a hacker gained access to a Ring camera in an 8-year-old girl's room and creepily taunted the child until her father disconnected the camera. It's a motiveless but disturbing incident, showing again that cyberspace is cumbered with a lot of Iagos who seem to act out of simple malice. A Ring spokesperson said in response to the incident that "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."
A number of residents of the city of Hamilton, Ontario, may have had personal information revealed after a breach allegedly affected the company that handles water billing for the city, CBC News says. The company, Alectra Utilities, said it's not aware of any data being leaked, but programmers working for the city found that some of the company's third-party vendors could have accessed the information without approval. Alectra is cooperating with the city to investigate the matter.
A survey by IBM Canada found that most Canadians have a "defeatist" attitude about the security of their personal information, Canadian Manufacturing reports. Just 19% of respondents expressed confidence in organizations to keep their data secure and private.