What makes IP cameras easy to hack?

August 15, 2018

IP camera hacks have become more rampant than ever. A large part of it has to do with the camera itself. Many of them are beset by backdoors and design flaws that render them vulnerable to cyberattacks.

For the longest time, video surveillance cameras have performed the key role of surveilling and monitoring premises, keeping lives and properties secure. However, the security of the device itself is something that has often been neglected. And, as CCTV cameras migrate more and more towards the network, they face the same kind of risk and cyber threats as any other networked devices.
In fact, a lot of IP cameras have fallen victim to intrusion and hacking. A recent baby cam hack, as told in a June 6  report  on web portal CSO Online, occurred in South Carolina when a young mother found out that her baby cam moved on its own, pointing at her while she was breastfeeding her son. In another  report  by South China Morning Post, dozens of Canon IP cameras were hacked across Japan back in May whereby the cameras were believed to have been illegally accessed, and in most cases a message that read “I’m Hacked. bye2” was left on their screens apparently by the hacker. While it was unclear why Canon cameras were targeted, users in the city of Yachiyo in Chiba Prefecture and the city of Ageo in Saitama Prefecture said they had failed to reset the cameras’ default passwords, according to the report.

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