Google fixes Nest Cam smart home security bug, report says
The bug reportedly let the former owner of a used Nest Indoor Cam access the new owner's video feed.
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The Nest Cam bug was originally discovered by a member of a
users, who realized he was able to access a feed of the new owner's
via his Wink account, Wirecutter's report said.
"We were recently made aware of an issue affecting some Nest cameras connected to third-party partner services via Works with Nest," a Google spokesperson told Wirecutter. "We've since rolled out a fix for this issue that will update automatically."
Wirecutter said it confirmed Google's fix by retesting the problem using a Nest Indoor Cam and a Wink Hub.
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Earlier this week, Google closed down the Nest website and integrated its smart home products into the Google Store. But you can still use the Nest site to sign in to an existing account, manage your Nest Aware subscriptions and view your Nest order history.
"Nest.com has moved to the Google Store," says the notice now on Nest.com. "Nest and Google Home have joined together as Google Nest. Moving forward, you can learn about and buy all Nest products in one place: the Google Store."