Potential security breach as eufy camera owners see other people's feeds [Update]

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What you need to know

  • Some eufy camera owners are seeing other people's feeds.
  • Previously recorded clips are also visible.

Update, May 17 (6:30 pm ET): Eufy has responded to a major security breach with its cameras and app, saying that it is a bug that has been fixed.

Popular smart home company eufy is in the middle of a potential privacy storm after a number of people began reporting earlier today that they are seeing other people's feeds. A number of people are also able to play back recordings created by security cameras, too.

People posting in the eufycam subreddit have been sharing their story for the last few hours, with some alarming goings-on.

Anyone else have this?I checked my app today (from New Zealand) and noticed none of the videos were of my own.They are from someone in another country (nice Mustang) - "Kangaroo Cam" alludes to being in Australia somewhere.I can also see their contact details (as added accounts)Is this a normal thing to be able to access anyone else's cameras?I have 3 little children, I am very worried that others are looking at my cameras too.Huge Security Breach Eufy - WTF

WTF indeed. Others also shared similar stories with one person saying that they contacted eufy security in the UK and they had no idea what was going down.

Other users have gone so far as to say that they will be removing their eufy cameras from use as a result of this issue.

Normally I would point to HomeKit Secure Video and say that users of it won't be impacted. It's a feature that some eufy cameras support, after all. But eufy requires that cameras first be set up on its own systems before HomeKit can be enabled, potentially leaving everyone at risk thanks to today's privacy breach.

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I've reached out to eufy for comment and will update this post should I receive one.

Update, May 17 (6:30 pm ET) — Eufy has responded to a major security breach with its cameras and app, saying that it is a bug that has been fixed.

Eufy has responded to the report that users were experiencing a major security breach with their cameras and app, saying that it was a bug that has since been fixed. The company is recommending that users unplug and then plug their cameras in again. They also are asking that users log out and log back in to the app.

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