Posted on June 20, 2017 at 11:20 AM
A new hacking scheme has hit town. If you own an internet connected camera then you should change the password as soon as possible so as not to become a victim. Investigations reveal that with just about 28 Dollars, you can purchase software that enables you to gain access to connected cameras.
This unique device can easily search for and intrude vulnerable devices that are usually used as baby monitors and security cameras at home.
It has also been reported that Chinese hackers have also set up a large number of groups on social media networks like QQ, with a view to giving out usernames and passwords linked to the breached devices.
About 200 to 400 breached cameras and their login codes are being given off each day for nothing and thereafter downloaded by hundreds of people according to a CCTV report; these lists are given off to market the software.
Cyber security professionals have warned that camera owners who fail to change their default user ID’s stand the risk of being attacked. The Vice President of Engineering at Acronis Eugene Aseev stated that cameras are quite easy to breach because they make use of similar firmware.
Aseev was further quoted as saying that once a weakness is spotted in the firmware; all devices would start manifesting same weakness. Loopholes in firmware for internet-linked devices led to the rise of Mirai botnet in the month of September 2016.
It is advisable that users shouldn’t use default service settings and ensure that they update their device firmware regularly. Once you have opened a brand new internet connected device, try and work on its connection, common default configuration unchanged in many devices is a common weakness taken advantage of by hackers.