Gina Sgarlato’s 13-year-old son, Blake, was in the kitchen area of the family’s Sunnyside home Wednesday when he heard a creepy voice coming from one of the half-dozen security cameras mounted in the house.
“Hello. I see you,” the male voice says, prompting the startled teen to respond, “What?” according to security camera footage obtained by The Post.
“How you doing? How’s your day? What’s your name?” the person then asks.
The teen gave the fake name of “Lamar.”
“What up, Lamar. How’s your day. Do you play any games, like video games?” the creep asks.
The eighth-grader continued to engage the mysterious man, responding, “Yeah, I play video games.”
“Do you play Minecraft?” he asks, to which the teen responds, “Yeah, who doesn’t play Minecraft?” before the boy disabled the camera.
Sometime later, a second camera in the foyer of the home was also hacked.
“What’s up homie. I still see you,” the same-sounding voice says as the teen runs by that camera, the footage shows.
Sgarlato, a personal injury attorney, said Friday that following the scary ordeal her panicked son called her while she was at work to say, “You have to come home right now. They’re talking to me through the cameras.”
The mom said the teen “hid in his bedroom” until she came home, and noted that he remains “visibly affected” by the incident.
“He does not want to be home alone ever, which I find terrible because that’s the whole reason I got this system — to protect my family. And now my family has been completely invaded,” said Sgarlato, who added that she’s looking into suing Ring.
Sgarlato reported the incident to the Richmond County District Attorney and said that detectives are “working on it.”
A DA spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Post Friday.
Meanwhile, a Ring spokesperson said in a statement that its internal system was not hacked.
“Customer trust is important to us and we take the security of our devices seriously,” the statement read. “Our security team has investigated this incident and we have no evidence of an unauthorized intrusion or compromise of Ring’s systems or network.”
The spokesperson said that recently the company was “made aware of an incident where malicious actors obtained some Ring users’ account credentials [like a username and password] from a separate, external, non-Ring service and reused them to log in to some Ring accounts.”
“Unfortunately, when the same username and password is reused on multiple services, it’s possible for bad actors to gain access to many accounts.”
The spokesperson said after the company learned of the Staten Island incident, “we took appropriate actions to promptly block bad actors from known affected Ring accounts and affected users have been contacted.”
The company encouraged that users change their passwords and enable two-factor authentication.
Sgarlato claimed that Ring did not call her about the matter, and instead emailed her to say that her system was compromised.
“Shame on you,” she said of Ring, and added that she has disabled all of her Ring cameras except for the one on the doorbell of the home.
“I cannot have those cameras any more in my home. I would not do that to my son,” she said.
There have been recent reports of hackers gaining access to home Ring security cameras in several states, including in Mississippi where a creep hacked into a Ring camera and taunted a little girl about Santa Claus.