02 Aug Research Reveals Over 1,000 Cameras Have Flaws That Enable Remote Hacking
In a report last Monday, security researchers from Bitdefender said more than 1,000 IoT cameras are designed with a major security flaw that can be exploited to conduct espionage, hijack other computers, and launch botnet attacks.
Bitdefender states it’s easy for intruders to remotely target the cameras, since 175,000 units lack security and are connected online. The devices can also be found in the IoT Shodan search engine, with 100,00-140,000 appearing in the results.
The flaws were found in cameras made by China-based company Shenzhen Neo Electronics, specifically its NeoCoolCam series. The units come at an affordable price of less than $39, and have been distributed widely throughout the world.
Bitdefender says NeoCoolCam’s hackers can override the passwords and specify camera commands to monitor users, which can be re-purposed for surveillance.
ZDNet requested Shenzhen for a comment, but they were not able to send a response in time for the report.
Source: ZD Net