The cyber array warns: Tens of thousands of home cameras are vulnerable to hacking

66,000 home cameras and security cameras are exposed to remote takeover, the national cyber system warns today (Tuesday). Exposure to the possibility of hacking is due to the fact that the camera owners did not change the default password when installing the camera. Following reports from citizens that their cameras have been hacked, the national cyber system is launching a campaign today to increase awareness of the issue and calls on citizens and organizations to take simple steps to protect their privacy – including changing the password that comes with the camera and publicly announced a unique password. In addition to digital advertising aimed at civilians, preventive emphases will be conveyed to IDF servicemen as part of the campaign, an initiated appeal will be made to local authorities and organizations that have been found exposed, protection guides for businesses, instructional videos and more will be published.

Home cameras are a common means today for monitoring what is happening at home, in business and even in kindergartens, but they usually come with a default password that is known to all. The burglars are diverse and so are the reasons for the burglary. Beyond invading privacy, taking over the camera allows information to be recorded and images stored for the purposes of data theft, disruption, impersonation and even extortion. By breaking into the camera you can see who is in the house and when, the contents of the house, the daily routine and other information that violates privacy.

At Center 119 of the National Cyber ​​Array, there have been a number of reports and indications in the past year of hacking into home cameras, but many times people are not even aware that they have hacked into their cameras. In one case a woman reported a burglary to her home security cameras after which the hackers sent her photos from inside the house for intimidation purposes. The array checked the application and found that the camera intrusion was done using the camera manufacturer’s default passwords, which were not replaced during installation.

In another case of burglary to security cameras, a technician from the north of the country was convicted of breaking into the security cameras of a large beauty salon. According to the ruling, the technician documented hundreds of women during intimate treatments for two years, saved the videos and blackmailed the owner of the institute. In addition to the punishment for the burglar, the court also expressed a position on the responsibility of the owner of the institute towards its clients.

Ten simple steps to protect your home camera:

    • Default password change – Both of the security cameras and of the home router for complex and unique passwords.

 

    • Camera Manufacturer Software Installation – It is advisable to avoid installing software products that are not made by the camera manufacturer.

 

    • Performing software updates – Software updates usually contain security patches that increase the level of protection of the product from attacks and it is recommended to perform them upon release in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendation.

 

    • Verify settings – After each software update, technician visit, maintenance or upgrade make sure the settings or passwords have not been changed or returned to the default.

 

    • Password Save – The password should not be passed on to other parties such as the camera technician, and should be changed frequently.

 

    • Home Router – Hacking into security cameras can also be made possible through the home router. It is recommended that you rename the network so that it does not indicate the characteristics of the router such as model, manufacturer, owner and location, and set a unique password for the router.

 

    • Smart identification – It is recommended to enable smart identification that contains additional password authentication if possible.

 

    • Camera location – It is advisable to place the cameras in a place that will reduce the invasion of privacy in the event of a burglary.

 

    • Downloading applications from official stores – The computer or mobile app from which security cameras can be viewed should only be downloaded from the official app store.

 

    • Camera eyepiece cover – When the camera is not needed, it is recommended to disconnect or physically cover it.

 

On any suspicion of a cyber incident dial 119 to the national cyber array. For all content and additional recommendations: The website of the national cyber network cyber.gov.il

By Editor

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