Amazon’s Ring devices reportedly granted the company’s Ukraine-based research and development team as well as U.S. executives and engineers virtually unfettered round the clock access to live feeds from some customer’s cameras, claims which Ring denies.
The workers, regardless of whether they needed the information or not, allegedly had access to a folder on Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service that contained every video created by every Ring camera around the world, all of which was searchable by a user’s email address, anonymous sources told the Intercept.
The team was also given a database that linked each video to the Ring customer it belonged to. At the time they were granted access, the videos were allegedly stored unencrypted as the company’s leadership at the time felt encryption would make the company less valuable as the result of lost revenue opportunities due to restricted access.
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