Press the Button, Hack the Doorbell: EKEN’s Security Nightmare Unrings Consumer Confidence

Ring-a-ding-ding, hackers are coming in! EKEN’s doorbell cams might as well have a “Hack Me” sign. Just press a button and voilà—your front porch is their Netflix. Consumer Reports gives the heads-up, but some sellers are slow to disconnect. #RingOfInsecurity

Hot Take:

Well, who knew pressing a doorbell could be the modern-day equivalent of opening Pandora’s box? In the latest “ding dong, your privacy’s gone” saga, EKEN’s doorbell cameras are turning porches into hacker hotspots. Let’s just hope the most scandalous thing your doorbell has witnessed is a squirrel’s attempted heist on your Amazon packages.

Key Points:

  • EKEN doorbell cameras have a security flaw where holding down the button allows full control by hackers.
  • Consumer Reports found that the cameras also expose IP addresses, unencrypted Wi-Fi network names, and still images over the internet.
  • Online marketplaces like Walmart and Temu pulled the products after being notified, but they are still available elsewhere.
  • EKEN has not responded to Consumer Reports or TechCrunch about the security issues.
  • Online marketplaces have shown they are reactive rather than proactive when it comes to the security of the products they sell.

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The Ding-Dong Dilemma

Just when you thought your smart home couldn't get any smarter, it turns out it's actually not that bright—security-wise. EKEN's doorbell cameras are letting hackers waltz right in, and all it takes is a long press on the doorbell. This "feature" is like giving burglars a key, but only if they promise to ring first.

Privacy, Schmivacy

But wait, there's more! These peephole-peering gadgets are also broadcasting your IP address, unencrypted Wi-Fi names, and snapshots for all the world to see. It's like your doorbell is oversharing on the internet after one too many virtual cocktails.

Marketplace Mayhem

Walmart and Temu got a slap on the wrist from Consumer Reports and stopped selling these digital peeping toms, but guess what? They're still lurking out there on Amazon, Sears, and Shein, probably swapping stories about the weird things they've seen at your front door.

Radio Silence from EKEN

Meanwhile, EKEN is playing the silent game, not responding to Consumer Reports or TechCrunch. Maybe they're too busy trying to invent a doorbell camera that only broadcasts your good hair days?

A Not-So-Smart Smart Device

This debacle once again highlights the wild west of IoT devices, where the "S" in "IoT" stands for security... or lack thereof. These findings show a glaring issue: consumers can't tell if their smart devices are secure, and online marketplaces are about as reliable as a chocolate teapot in vetting product safety.

Tags: consumer privacy, digital device risks, EKEN doorbell camera, IoT security flaws, online marketplace oversight, smart device vulnerabilities, unencrypted data transmission