SEC Consult researchers have issued a warning about a handful of critical vulnerabilities they discovered in video surveillance equipment by Chinese manufacturer Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology.
The discovered vulnerabilities include a default admin password (i.e., no password, and no requirement to set one in the initial setup phase), insecure default credentials for a hardcoded “default” account, multiple unencrypted communication channels, and a failure to check the integrity of firmware updates, which are not signed.
Read more about the various vulnerabilities affecting some 9 million Xiongmai devices on Help Net Security.
Between 180,000 and 800,000 IP-based closed-circuit television cameras are vulnerable to a zero-day vulnerability that allows hackers to access surveillance cameras, spy on and manipulate video feeds or plant malware.
According to a new Tenable Research Advisory, the bugs are rated critical and tied to firmware possibly used in one of 100 different cameras that run the affected software. NUUO, the company that makes the firmware, is expected to issue a patch for the bug today. The company lists over a 100 different partners including Sony, Cisco Systems, D-Link and Panasonic. It’s unclear how many OEM partners may use the vulnerable firmware.
Read more about the zero-day bug affecting CCTV cameras on Threatpost.
Home security cameras have been around for a long time, but the recent boom in the smart home market means they are simpler and smarter than ever.
Being ‘smart’ means they connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network and can often be accessible from anywhere in the world via a smartphone app. Footage is stored either locally or online in the cloud, and some smart cameras feature motion tracking and artificial intelligence to only record when something moves in their view.
Read about the top smart security cameras you can use on Gear Brain.
Read George Bentinck explain how to set up Internet of Things security camera on Tech Target :
Security cameras are meant to hide in plain sight. They are built to be small and unobtrusive. But this doesn’t mean that a security camera can’t make a noticeable impact on your business — in both positive and negative ways. Today, an IP-enabled security camera isn’t just for security. Instead, it is a camera that can monitor and relay useful business information, while also monitoring for physical security purposes. It is also a new endpoint on the growing list that lives on the network, managed by IT.
What did you do with your old phone? If you’re anything like us, it’s currently sat in a drawer, thrilled that someone’s remembering that it exists. Yeah, you tried to sell it, but the guy in the store said you needed the box, and the cable. And you wanted to keep that cable. Plus, it was worth 0.5% of what you paid for it, so you took it home with the intention of trying somewhere else and never did
Read why James West, CEO of Manything says that old smartphones make the best security cameras on Tech Radar.
The IP security camera industry seems to have grown a lot over the past few years. From consumer-grade home IP security cameras such as those from FLIR to professional-grade models. The technology is getting easier to use and more and more people are taking the plunge and installing cameras to watch their property and even their pets.
Read more about how to secure your Internet-connected security cameras on Life Wire.