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Xiaomi responds to Mijia camera security issue

Recently, an alarmed Xiaomi user reported an incident that the Mijia 1080p camera was able to capture photos and videos from strangers. This resulted in Google temporarily suspending its integration with Xiaomi's home products.
Google blocked Xiaomi’s integration with home products because of a security issue
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The explanation behind the Xiaomi Mijia camera's glitch

The posted report stated that the consumer bought this brand new camera from AliExpress. There were still images and videos showing a baby sleeping on a crib, someone's porch, and a man sleeping in a chair. 
A photo of a sleeping baby captured by the camera's owner
A photo of a sleeping baby captured by the camera's owner

To prove the issue, the user uploaded a short video showing camera footage streaming from their Xiaomi camera to their Google Home Hub. When the user tries to stream the camera footage, the Home Hub's screen malfunctions, with random images appearing irregularly on screen.

A Google spokesperson has responded over the issue by stating that they are communicating with Xiaomi to resolve it. But as of this moment, Xiaomi's integrations with Assistant and Google Home were blocked. It is still uncertain when their access will return.

On the other hand, Xiaomi has answered this issue with a statement that it happened because of a cache update on December 26, 2019. The updated is claimed to be designed to enhance camera streaming quality.

During the investigation, it was discovered that those around 1,000 users that were affected have exceedingly poor network connections. Also, this issue might have been prevented if the camera is linked to the Xiaomi's Mi Home app.

The Chinese tech giant suspended this service until the root cause has been completely addressed, to make sure that there will be no problems will occur again.

Xiaomi has always prioritized our users' privacy and information security. We are aware there was an issue of receiving stills while connecting Mi Home Security Camera Basic 1080p on Google Home hub. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused to our users. 

Our team has since acted immediately to solve the issue and it is now fixed. Upon investigation, we have found out the issue was caused by a cache update on December 26, 2019, which was designed to improve camera streaming quality. This has only happened in extremely rare conditions. In this case, it happened during the integration between Mi Home Security Camera Basic 1080p and the Google Home Hub with a display screen under poor network conditions. 

We have also found 1044 users were with such integrations and only a few with extremely poor network conditions might be affected. This issue will not happen if the camera is linked to the Xiaomi’s Mi Home app.
Xiaomi has communicated and fixed this issue with Google and has also suspended this service until the root cause has been completely solved to ensure that such issues will not happen again.

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