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Eufy, a company with a dubious security history, seems to be causing alarm yet again. Amidst Black Friday sales and discounted products, customers are left without clear guidance or response from the company. Information Security Consultant Paul Moore ignited the conversation with a series of tweets and a video demonstrating Eufy's concerning behaviour.
According to the video shared by Paul Moore, Eufy's doorbell appears to upload images of faces, each with a unique ID, to an AWS server, along with the video's thumbnail. The data is stored unencrypted and potentially accessible to anyone. This cannot be dismissed as a mere accident or bug.
Additionally, some users found that resetting a camera using its button would erase all footage recorded by the device, even if stored on a HomeBase. Eufy confirmed that this is expected behaviour, which raises concerns about potential criminal exploitation.
Eufy, operating under the motto “Smart Home Simplified”, is a subbrand of Chinese company Anker Innovations, known for their batteries and docking stations. With such questionable data practices and security issues, potential customers should proceed with caution when considering Eufy's products.
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Liam Alexander Colman is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.