Most of us have experienced the frustration of package deliveries that require a signature. From package thefts, multiple delivery attempts, or arranging a signature with a trusty corner store owner or landlord, getting a package delivered to your home hasn’t always been seamless.
In October, Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Key, a product that will permit a delivery person to enter your home and deliver a package using an Amazon keypad installed on your door.
Reactions on social media were swift, and mostly negative.
Despite a required camera that records any activity of a delivery person attempting a delivery, most social media users were still uncomfortable with the idea of a stranger inside their home, and they took to social media to express their opinion about the new Amazon product.
Just 24 hours from the announcement of the new product, there were 62,000 mentions on social media.
The top posts were overwhelmingly negative, with allusions to theft and murder.
Here, @MikeH5856 paints a scary picture.
Amazon Key gets hacked just three weeks later
It didn’t take long for vulnerabilities to appear within Amazon Key’s Cloud Cam security system, which allows users to remotely oversee a delivery. A third party was easily able to connect to the Cloud Cam and knock the camera offline, while displaying a frozen image that wouldn’t alert users to live activity going on inside their home. Hypothetically, this would allow anyone to come in and rob your home—unseen.
The MIT Technology Review was a key influencer in spreading this news. Their Facebook post alone reached 1.3 million people. Amazon has since made software upgrades to their security system.
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