Vulnerability of Webcams and Surveillance Cameras

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surveillance-147831_1280Surveillance cameras and webcams have many things in common, we know what they are, but the one that I want to draw your attention towards is their vulnerability. As much as I like to think about them that they’re of great use to chat with family and friends or keep us safe I can’t deny the fact that sometimes they are easily accessible from outside especially if the software that runs them is outdated and it doesn’t have any means of protection.

We just add a weak wi-fi protection scenario to this situation and the end result is that anyone with some basic hacking skills can access them. Mostly it’s for fun but there are other cases when these attacks are used to steal information.

Mostly it’s for fun but there are other cases when these attacks are used to steal information. Even for fun, it isn’t pleasant to find a recording on the internet after a while with you doing your bed. Even Mark Zuckerberg likes doing his bed in pace without worrying about someone watching him.

Mark Zuckerberg tapes over his webcam. Should you?

Does covering his laptop camera and microphone with tape make Facebook’s boss paranoid, or are they really after him? Probably a bit of both

Mark Zuckerberg celebrates 500 million monthly active users on Instagram.
Mark Zuckerberg celebrates 500 million monthly active users on Instagram – but he also revealed a lot about himself by leaving his laptop in the background Photograph: Facebook

Don’t worry, Mark Zuckerberg: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you. And as the richest millennial in the world, you can probably be confident that someone, somewhere, is after you.

Which is why it makes perfect sense that you’ve joined the growing number of people doing a little DIY hardware hacking, and disabling their computer’s webcam and microphone. Even if a sneaky hacker does manage to penetrate your security, they’re not going to be seeing you in your tighty whities.

Yes folks, Zuckerberg tapes over his webcam. The billionaire made the (accidental?) revelation in a Facebook post intended to promote Instagram reaching its latest milestone of half a billion monthly active users. Read more…

 

The way attackers manage to access your camera is by installing malware on your computer, if you don’t have an anti-virus, a firewall, secure internet connection and the only thing that you have is bad internet habits your pretty much easy prey. Don’t worry, IT security experts aren’t exceptions.

Are Hackers Using Your Webcam to Watch You?

Steven Fox, an IT security expert, was chatting with friends on his webcam one night when he started receiving some strange emails. Imagine his surprise when he opened one and found images of himself chatting.

His webcam had been hacked by a “script kiddie,” a person who uses malware written by someone else to show off their skills at accessing other computer systems, says Fox. He quickly detached the webcam, but he had to re-install his operating system after he found malware installed on his computer. “It was painful, but it was a learning experience,” says Fox, who writes a column for the journal of the Information Systems Security Association.

The risks of webcams
Webcams may let you stay in touch with friends and family, but they also pose risks of people hacking into them and spying on you. A recent Pennsylvania lawsuit accused a school district of using webcams on school-issued laptops to spy on students and their families. And in China, a sophisticated network of hackers known as GhostNet has cracked 1,295 webcams in 103 countries.

Since most laptops now come with a built-in webcam, it’s critical to understand the risks, says Richard Stiennon, a malware expert with IT-Harvest, a research firm that specializes in Internet security. “We all have to become aware that our every action could be watched,” says Stiennon.

How hackers attack webcams
Most hackers utilize so-called Trojan horse attacks, says Stiennon. You click on an attachment or download a piece of music or video infected with malware, and a hacker is able to remotely control your PC’s functions.

Fortunately, you can take steps to secure your webcam. Experts offer these do’s and don’ts…Read more…

 

Taping your webcam and microphone, avoiding unknown attachments and emails, installing an anti-virus and so on is very simple and effective but the surveillance cameras, well that’s another thing.

 

Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage

A massive and sustained Internet attack that has caused outages and network congestion today for a large number of Web sites was launched with the help of hacked “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, such as CCTV video cameras and digital video recorders, new data suggests.

Earlier today cyber criminals began training their attack cannons on Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company that provides critical technology services to some of the Internet’s top destinations. The attack began creating problems for Internet users reaching an array of sites, including Twitter, Amazon, Tumblr, Reddit, Spotify and Netflix.

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A depiction of the outages caused by today’s attacks on Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company. Source: Downdetector.com.

At first, it was unclear who or what was behind the attack on Dyn. But over the past few hours, at least one computer security firm has come out saying the attack involved Mirai, the same malware strain that was used in the record 620 Gpbs attack on my site last month. At the end September 2016, the hacker responsible for creating the Mirai malware released the source code for it, effectively letting anyone build their own attack army using Mirai. Read more…

 

Fortunately, as the internet grows and these attacks are happening more and more often people are starting to take the subject of Security more and more serious and so strengthen the protection measures. Indeed it would be nice if we all surfed the internet in pace clicking everywhere but not everyone is nice and good.

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