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[ISN] Flaw in Home Security Cameras Exposes Live Feeds to Hackers
By Kim Zetter
February 7, 2012
A flaw in home security cameras made by Trendnet potentially exposed
thousands of customers to hackers who could access the live video feeds
without a password.
The vulnerability was discovered by a blogger who uses the name
âsomeLuserâ and who posted details of the flaw in January, describing
how he was able to find vulnerable cameras online by using the Shodan
search engine, which allows users to find internet-connected devices
using simple search terms.
Although users can set up the cameras with a password, the videostream
from even a password-protected camera is available to anyone who knows
the cameraâs net address, which consists of an IP address, and a
sequence of 15 digits that are the same for every computer. In this
manner, the blogger says he was able to identify 350 vulnerable Trendnet
âThere does not appear to be a way to disable access to the video
stream, I canât really believe this is something that is intended by the
manufacturer. Lets see who is out there :),â he wrote in his post.
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