Most people are aware that using smart devices or internet-connected tech can open you up to privacy issues. After all, we’ve all seen news stories about spying or peeping due to smart device hacking.
Many of these stories are about outside cybercriminals taking advantage of loopholes in the system to gain access to security footage or other personal information. Not many involve security issues caused by employees of smart tech companies. Tap or click here to see why five smart video doorbells recently failed security tests.
However, one recent and scary issue with hacking does involve an employee of a security company. In this case, the employee was using customers’ security cameras to spy on women. Here’s what happened and who was targeted in the hack.
Here’s the backstory
Earlier this week, Telesforo Aviles, a 35-year-old former technician for security company ADT, admitted to federal prosecutors that he accessed more than 200 ADT customer camera feeds to spy on them. Aviles said he targeted particularly attractive women to watch them at home as they undressed, slept or had sex.
According to the guilty plea submitted by Aviles in court, the ADT tech not only spied on the women but secretly accessed the customers’ accounts more than 9,600 times during a four year period.
While working for ADT, Aviles would determine which women to target and note where they lived. He would then add his personal email address to their ADT Pulse accounts to access their video feeds. In some cases, Aviles would tell the women that he needed to temporarily add himself to their accounts to test their security system. In other cases, he would do so without notifying the customer.
Adding his email address to the women’s accounts allowed Aviles to watch the customers’ security camera feeds undetected through the ADT Pulse app. Aviles was eventually caught, but not before accessing over 200 Texas-based video feeds nearly 10,000 times.
ADT first alerted customers to the incident in April 2020 on its website.
Federal charges were brought…