A Mississippi family is terrified after the Ring security camera they installed in their three daughters' bedroom for "peace of mind" was taken over by a malicious hacker who watched and interacted with their eight-year-old daughter, yelled the n-word repeatedly while trying to get the girl to say it, and told her to destroy her room.
Eight-year-old Alyssa LeMay was lured by strange sounds and music coming from her bedroom, which she shares with her two younger sisters, and went to investigate. As she searched for the source of the sounds, the music stopped and a man's voice said, "Hello there."
The man then yelled the n-word over and over and tried to get the girl to say it. "Say it with me," he said, "Come on, girl, say it with me."
"Go tell mommy you're a n*****," the hacker said to the eight-year-old. When the girl replied, "Who is that?" the man said:
"I'm your best friend. You can do whatever you want right now. You can mess up your room. You can break your TV. You can do whatever you want. Come on, can you say the magic word? N*****.
I'm your best friend! I'm Santa Claus! I'm Santa Claus, don't you want to be my best friend?"
Alyssa and her two sisters are now afraid to sleep in their bedroom. The girls' mother said:
"They could've watched them sleeping, they could've watched them changing. They could've seen all kinds of things . . . I can't even put into words how badly I feel and how badly my children feel. I did the exact opposite of adding another security measure. I put them at risk and there's nothing I can do to really ease their mind. I can't tell them I know who it is. I can't tell them that they're not going to show up at our house in the middle of the night."