In the past we have taken a look at some of the dangers unsecured devices like webcams and routers can pose to your network and to the Internet at large. Recently, the security firm FSecure released a report on a pair of Internet enabled security cameras that should be avoided.
FSecure identified a long list of vulnerabilities with shared by these two camera models. The simplest of these security holes was the way these cameras’ default admin passwords are set to blank and are unchangeable. This makes it trivial for a hacker to login and gain a foothold. Other, more complex security flaws allowed hackers ways to get these cameras to run malicious code that could be used to add the cameras to a botnet or redirect their video feed to unintended recipients.
Equally troubling, although the FSecure report was only looking at two cameras made by a single company, those two camera models are actually being sold under fourteen different brand names which made it much more difficult for end users to know if they were purchasing one of these insecure devices.
The moral of the story is that you have to do some real research about the internet enabled devices you add to your home or business network. At ETV Software, we can help you do these “security background checks” on the devices you are looking to use and can even help you wire, install, and set up things like security cameras and wifi routers.
To learn more, give us a call at 903.531.0377, or email us at info@etvsoftware.com