Watch This Cyber Security Company Hack Amazon Key With Ease

November 17, 2017

11:30 am

Earlier this month, Amazon announced a new idea that would stop those pesky sidewalk thieves from stealing your packages: Amazon Key. The innovative program would allow a delivery person to enter your home under video surveillance, drop off the package, and leave with the door locking behind them. It sounded a great idea. That is until a cyber security firm showed the world how easy it is to hack the one thing preventing the new system from allowing theft and even violence: the camera.

“The camera is very much something Amazon is relying on in pitching the security of this as a safe solution,” said Ben Caudill, the founder of Rhino Security Labs, the cyber security firm that discovered and demonstrated the Amazon Key attack, to Wired. “Disabling that camera on command is a pretty powerful capability when you’re talking about environments where you’re relying heavily on that being a critical safety mechanism.”

As the primary means of protecting you and your home from a rogue Amazon delivery person, this doesn’t bode well for the future of the idea. Rhino Security Labs has revealed what could effectively be the Achilles’ heel of a system that would rely on tight security more than any airport in the US.

If you want to see just how easy it is to hack the Amazon Key camera, take a look at the demonstration provided by Rhino Security Labs and keep yourself and your packages as safe as possible!

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at conor@tech.co.

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