Google disables Xiaomi integrations for all its devices after Nest device showed feeds...

nanoguy

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As we accumulate smart devices in our increasingly digital lives, it's easy to lose track of the many security and privacy risks they pose. Some people are entrenched in one of the larger ecosystems from the likes of Google and Samsung, but more often than not there are homes with a mix of devices from different vendors, which is an additional source of problems.

Recently, Reddit user Dio-V found a peculiar image displayed by his Google Nest Hub, which was supposed to show a live feed from a Xiaomi Miija camera. On closer inspection, the image appeared to originate from various random homes that were using the same setup.

This has prompted Google to disable the integration between Xiaomi devices and Google Home and Google Nest while it's working on a fix for the issue.

Xiaomi told Engadget that it is aware of the problem, which it described as a caching issue. The good news is that only 1,044 users could have been affected, and the company explained that the exact conditions to trigger the reception of stills from random cameras could've been met in just a handful of cases. Those of you who own such a setup might also be pleased to know the issue doesn't occur if the camera is linked to the Mi Home app.

Apparently, the problem has its roots in a cache update that happened on December 26, 2019, which was supposed to improve the overall streaming quality of the Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera Basic 1080p models.

Xiaomi isn't the only company to deal with such issues on its smart things. Just last month, security camera maker Wyze reported that it accidentally left a database on an insecure server, leaking the details of more than 2.4 million customers. And even Google failed to reveal the presence of a microphone in its Nest Secure system, which unsurprisingly led to a lot of angry customers worried about their privacy.

On a more positive note, tech giants like Apple, Amazon and Google, along with the Zigbee Alliance, are scrambling to develop an open-source standard for smart home devices that should make it harder for issues like these to manifest in future products.

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Mike E

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Maybe the unabomber was on to something. Not the pipe bomb thing but the anti-technology screed.
 
Cue all the "and that's why I don't want any smart devices in the home for the government to spy on me with" tin foil hat comments.
 

captaincranky

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Cue all the "and that's why I don't want any smart devices in the home for the government to spy on me with" tin foil hat comments.
If us "tin foil hats types", stop buying that crap , maybe the price will go down, and you can snatch up all you want for "a song". Just don't expect someone not to file a copyright on the tune, before you get around to it.
 
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Puiu

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At least they came clean about the issue and they are working on a quick fix, unlike so many others.
 

toooooot

TS Evangelist
And just like that an unknown couple's carrier in porn took off, makign them widely known as Xiaomi f***rs .