A couple of weeks ago, Amazon announced Amazon Key. This is basically a system that allows a courier to enter your home and leave your package in your home, which means that even if you’re not home you will still receive your packages as promised. This will cut down on delivery delays and also theft of packages when left on the front door.
If that wasn’t a little dubious already, security researchers at Rhino Security Labs have discovered a flaw in Amazon Key that could allow a courier to disable the Amazon Cloud Cam, which means that they could essentially turn off the security camera and rob you and you wouldn’t have any video evidence of that.
According to Ben Caudill, the founder of Rhino Security Labs, it pretty much renders the whole system moot as the Cloud Cam is what Amazon is trying to reassure customers will help keep an eye on things. That being said, Amazon has since told WIRED that they perform comprehensive background checks on drivers, and with every delivery connected to a driver, they can verify when a driver is at a location and are who they say they are before unlocking the door for them.
They also state that they will be issuing an update that will be able to quickly notify customers if their camera goes offline during a delivery. “Later this week we will deploy an update to more quickly provide notifications if the camera goes offline during delivery.”