Google fixes Nest Cam bug that allow ex-owners of used units see video, report says



Apparently, used Nest Indoor Cams may very well be used for spying on new homeowners.

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Google has reportedly mounted a bug that allow former homeowners of used Nest cameras entry safety video feeds. The bug, noticed earlier by Wirecutter, occurred even when ex-users had factory-reset their Nest Indoor Cam earlier than giving it to another person.

Google is answerable for Nest and its good dwelling merchandise after buying the corporate in 2014. It initially ran Nest as a separate enterprise underneath Google father or mother firm Alphabet, however Nest was then absorbed by Google early in 2018, and merged with Google’s good dwelling division by July of that 12 months.

The Nest Cam bug was initially found by a member of a Fb group for Wink customers, who realized he was in a position to entry a feed of the brand new proprietor’s Nest cam by way of his Wink account, Wirecutter’s report stated.

“We have been just lately made conscious of a difficulty affecting some Nest cameras linked to third-party associate providers by way of Works with Nest,” a Google spokesperson instructed Wirecutter. “We have since rolled out a repair for this challenge that may replace robotically.”

Wirecutter stated it confirmed Google’s repair by retesting the issue utilizing a Nest Indoor Cam and a Wink Hub.

Google and Nest mixed right into a single good dwelling model referred to as Google Nest in Might, with Google asserting the change on the Google I/O convention for builders.

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Earlier this week, Google closed down the Nest web site and built-in its good dwelling merchandise into the Google Retailer. However you may nonetheless use the Nest website to register to an present account, handle your Nest Conscious subscriptions and look at your Nest order historical past.

“ has moved to the Google Retailer,” says the discover now on “Nest and Google House have joined collectively as Google Nest. Transferring ahead, you may find out about and purchase all Nest merchandise in a single place: the Google Retailer.”

In the intervening time, the one merchandise carrying the brand new Google Nest identify are the Google Nest Hub Max, a good show with a 10-inch display screen and digicam, and the Google House Hub, Google’s unique good show. The Google House Hub is now referred to as the Google Nest Hub. Google is predicted to rebrand different merchandise as effectively. 

Different merchandise accessible within the mixed retailer embody the Nest Hub Max, Nest Hub, Google House, Google House Mini, Nest Studying Thermostat, Nest Hey Doorbell, Nest Cam Indoor, Nest Cam Out of doors and Chromecast Extremely.


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