A Youfi security breach earlier today showed incorrect video footage to users. If you see a house that doesn’t belong to you, you’re not alone – users around the world say they can see other people’s feeds and even control their cameras. All their contact details can also be obtained.
Uffi’s parent company Anchor, Confirmed that the problem occurred This was due to a software bug in many countries (including the United States) and during server updates. The issue was reportedly rectified within an hour of being discovered at 5:30 pm ET today, but details on how Eufy actually breached it have been highlighted.
Whether or not there is a software problem, looking into someone else’s home – or seeing someone in your home – is a serious problem. Although the company says that the Ufi Baby Monitor, Smart Lock, Alarm System and Petcare products were unaffected, many users have questioned whether their Ufi cameras should remain plugged in.
Smart home products are inherently built on trust, especially when they livestream the interior of your home. The fact that a stranger can look into another person’s home, control their camera, and even access that person’s contact information and home network information, with just one bug is more. This is a gross breach of user trust, and one that cannot be included in Yuffie’s small apology.
The event is a realization of the fears of many critics of smart home technology. This is not the first time mistakes or hacks have occurred, but perhaps this is the first time that this scale disturbance has affected users. Youfi says that 0.001% of all users were affected, but gives no hard numbers on how many people actually are.
So, what can people do about the worst situation such as violations, hacks and system flaws?
The good news is that you can take steps to protect your home security cameras. Knowing the signs of a camera being hacked or accessed without your authorization will help prevent unwanted access to your home. Proper positioning of the cameras at key points throughout the house will help to make the most of the limited number of cameras and prevent anyone from looking over the entryways and windows.
One thing is certain: This violation takes home the benefits of local storage as well as privacy shutters.