Creepy Footage Shows Ring Camera Hacker Trying to Befriend Terrified 8-Year-Old Girl in Her Bedroom | 22 Words

The world is full of devices that are supposed to make our lives easier. However, things don't always go to plan like we want them to, as this one mother from Tennessee learned.

After purchasing a Ring camera, she thought she would be able to keep a better eye over her 3 little girls. However, she actually discovered that someone had hacked into their system and was taunting her children.

Keep scrolling to find out what happened, and view the chilling video of the ordeal.

What are Ring cameras?

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Ring is a company that has developed an app that allows you to watch your home from mobile devices including a cellphone or a laptop.

It does this by connecting to your Wi-Fi.

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It keeps you in the loop via notifications and also sends you instant alerts when people press your doorbell or trigger any motion sensors.

It seems like a handy app to have, doesn't it?

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Everyone who invests in it has their reasons for doing so, and these parents were no different.

Nurse Ashley LeMay discovered that things weren't right with her Ring.

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4 days after purchasing a Ring system in the Black Friday sales, someone had already hacked into the system.

She had originally bought it to keep an eye on her 3 girls...

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Being a nurse, Ashley sometimes has overnight shifts. One of her daughters also has some health issues that mean she has to keep a careful eye on her, so she thought this camera would make it easier to do so.

But within 4 days, things have taken a dark twist.

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An unknown male had manipulated the camera and the sound system so that they could communicate with the girls in the room.

They were pretending to be Santa Claus.

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The chilling footage, which you can find further down, showed how the man was speaking to the 8-year-old girl. He said: "I'm Santa Claus. Don't you want to be my best friend?"

The little girl was very confused and that quickly turned to terror.

You can hear her calling for her "mommy" repeatedly, but the footage doesn't go any further than that because her parents ran into the room to comfort her.

This is what Ashley had to say about the situation:

"I did a lot of research on these before I got them. You know, I really felt like it was safe," she told WMC.

The creep also played music through the sound system...

"First, what happened I was in the hallway I thought it was my sister because I hear music," the child had recalled. "It's like ‘tiptoe through the window'."

And things only got worse...

"So I come upstairs and I hear some banging noise and I am like 'who is that?'"

That's when the instilling voice piped up...

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"I'm your best friend... I'm Santa Claus."

Of course, her mother was distraught over the frightening ordeal.

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"I watched the video and I mean my heart just like... I didn't even get to the end where she is screaming 'mommy, mommy' before I like ran inside."

"They could have watched them sleeping, changing."

"I mean they could have seen all kinds of things. Honestly, my gut it makes me feel like it’s either somebody who knows us or somebody who is very close by."

An investigation into the hacker's identity has started.

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Police are currently on their way to finding out who this unknown male voice belongs to. News about the situation reached Ring and a spokesperson for the company released a statement.

They confirmed it was "in no way related to a breach or compromise of Ring's security."

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The parents were urged to carry out a two-factor authentification method in order to increase the security of the product. However, they hadn't done so.

The spokesperson said this:

"Due to the fact that customers often use the same username and password for their various accounts and subscriptions, bad actors often re-use credentials stolen or leaked from one service on other services."

They continued:

"As a precaution, we highly and openly encourage all Ring users to enable two-factor authentication on their Ring account, add Shared Users (instead of sharing login credentials), use strong passwords, and regularly change their passwords."

Here's a look at the chilling video:

Whoever has caused this distress deserves to pay.