Wyze Security Breach Exposes Data Of Millions

The smart home company Wyze has had a security breach on one of its servers. The information exposed data of 2.4 million users, including:

  • Nicknames (optional name change in account settings)
  • Device names
  • User profile photos
  • Email of user and anyone they shared camera access with
  • List of all users’ cameras, device models and firmware
  • Wi-Fi router names
  • Some Alexa integration tokens
  • Health information including height, weight, bone density, bone mass daily protein intakes, and gender for some users.

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The breach did not include users’ passwords, cloud storage or financial data. It affected any users that made their accounts before December 26th, 2019, according to a recent blog post from Wyze. Twelve Security, a security consulting business based in Texas, originally reported the data breach.

Wyze Cam and Box
Wyze Cam and Box

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To combat the breach, Wyze added more protection levels to their databases, pushed a token refresh to all users and required users to re-integrate Alexa, IFTTT and Google Assistant. The company recommends that users change their passwords and turn on two-factor authentication, although many users had issue implementing their service.

Although Wyze does have employees and manufacturers based in China, the company claims that they don’t use the Alibaba Cloud or share any user data with the Chinese government or any other country. The breached server was based in the United States and uses Amazon Web Services, hosted in China without any customer information. Dongsheng Song, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Wyze, wrote in the blog post,

“Thank you for your patience as we work through this process. We have been reading through everyone’s comments and are continuing to work together on methods to improve our security and ensure that similar occurrences never happen again.”

The exposed databases have been locked down, according to Wyze.

FAQs

Is there a monthly fee for the Wyze Cam?

There’s no required monthly fee for the Wyze Cam or the Wyze Cam Pan. You’ll get local storage and 14 days of cloud storage for free. If you want complete motion recording, however, you can choose to pay an extra $1.49 per camera per month.

Is Wyze owned by Amazon?

Wyze is not owned by Amazon; they’re an independent company started by former Amazon employees.

Are Wyze cameras wireless?

Wyze cameras are not wireless. Rather, they plug into power.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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