According to the Justice Department, the two men were charged with hacking the Ring doorbells and using their cameras to livestream. According to the indictment, Kya Christian Nelson, 21, James Thomas Andrew McCarty, 20, and others, who have not been named, allegedly spent a week using stolen Yahoo email addresses and passwords to access video from a dozen security systems before calling the police at each residence. You can read below.
The DOJ says the plan works like this: alleged perpetrators will receive information from their Yahoo account and then figure out if the owner has a Ring account. If it did, Nelson, McCarty, and others would have “gathered information” about people before calling the police and told dispatchers things like their drunken parents shooting a gun at home or someone being held hostage. .
“We niggas push their doorbells and smash them”
According to the press release, the alleged victims lived all over the United States, in Michigan, California, Montana, Georgia, Texas, Illinois, Alabama and Florida. Nelson, who is currently in prison after pleading guilty to shooting and threatening a bomb at a Kentucky high school, is charged with aggravated identity theft and unauthorized access to a computer. Both he and McCarty, whom the Justice Department said were arrested last week, are charged with “conspiracy to intentionally gain access to computers without permission.”
The indictment doesn’t go into much detail about how police responded in most cases, but accuses the men of using the Rings to mock police officers when they show up. (Many Ring devices have speakers that allow their owners to communicate with whoever is at their door.) It also doesn’t mention which social media platforms Nelson and McCarty allegedly used to “transmit audio and video” captured by Ring cameras during police. reactions.
However, there are details about a case in North Port, Florida. According to reports from local media and assistant The search, which was understood to be related to the incident mentioned in the indictment, resulted in the closure of a school. The indictment alleges McCarty bragged about slandering on unnamed social media platforms by saying “we niggers ring doorbells with brute force and then smash them… It’s hilarious” and citing a link to the articles. about the police response, saying he was “making the news”.
Ring and its parent company, Amazon, have a long history of providing data to the police, and it’s not surprising that they, too, are targeted by criminals. While doorbells were not strictly necessary for the tattoo, they did give criminals a way to watch this happen in real time.
This is one reason why streamers are so often targeted – perpetrators can see the police rush in with their guns drawn. Of course, this last part is why the tattoo is not a harmless joke; Police have killed innocent people in responding to such calls, and even non-fatal incidents can traumatize victims.