As Wm.™ Steven Humphrey told us earlier this week, Amazon Key is a $250 locking system (available exclusively for Prime members—more on why that's a problem here) that will allow Amazon delivery people to leave your packages inside your house. In order to prevent them from sniffing your undies or wiping with your toothbrush, this key comes with a security camera called the Cloud Cam that is mounted inside your house—which, presumably, can also be used to spy on your spouse and kids. (Win/win!)
But there's a(nother) flaw with this plan. As Wired reported today, Seattle-based security firm Rhino Security Labs managed to hack the system:
Security researchers have demonstrated that with a simple program run from any computer in Wi-Fi range, that camera can be not only disabled but frozen. A viewer watching its live or recorded stream sees only a closed door, even as their actual door is opened and someone slips inside. That attack would potentially enable rogue delivery people to stealthily steal from Amazon customers, or otherwise invade their inner sanctum.
And while the threat of a camera-hacking courier seems an unlikely way for your house to be burgled, the researchers argue it potentially strips away a key safeguard in Amazon's security system.
Amazon has promised to update their software this week, but this brings up an interesting question: What's more dangerous, neighborhood scamps stealing the new sushi pillow off your stoop or inviting a massive corporation with more power than the federal government to walk in your front door? Discuss.