‘I'm Santa Claus!’ Mississippi mother says Ring camera hacked, hacker harassed daughter

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A mom in Mississippi thought she was installing something that would keep a watchful eye on her children, but her Ring camera was hacked – and allowed someone else to eavesdrop on her family.

Girl: "Who is that?"

"I'm Santa Claus! I'm Santa Claus don't you want to be my best friend."

Girl: "Mommy!"

That's a hacker talking to the young girl.

Four days after the camera went up, Ashley Lemay’s 8-year-old daughter, Alyssa, heard something coming from her room. A voice taunted the girl, until her dad came into her room -- ending the situation. The family describes what they saw when they reviewed the image.

"At first what happened, I was in the hallway with my sisters and I heard some music,” says Alyssa. “So, I came upstairs and I hear some banging noise and I was like 'who is that?’”

"I did a lot of research on these before I got it,” says Ashley. “I really felt like it was safe. They could watch them sleeping, changing, they could have watched a lot of things. Honestly, my gut it makes me either feel like somebody who knows us or somebody who is very close by."

The camera is now disconnected and will be returned.

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