Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
October 7, 2016

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Watch how to hack a security camera. It’s alarmingly simple

For decades CCTV has been deployed with great success in the fight against crime.

But if security cameras have long been a reliable means of catching people in the act of breaking and entering, the advent of IP surveillance means that criminals can now turn the tables on those who operate the cameras. They can ‘break and enter’ onto networks via the camera itself.

In the video below, Sophos researcher James Lyne shows you how to hack a security camera. It’s alarmingly easy and should concentrate minds in the security industry – and that that applies to manufacturers, installers and CCTV operators alike.

No wonder the cyber threat to CCTV systems has been in the news a lot recently. Last week around 1.5m IoT devices – mostly security cameras – were hijacked during a DDoS attack. And the BSIA CCTV section recently urged operators of IP-connected surveillance systems to do more to safeguard their systems against cyber attack, including changing the manufacturer’s default credentials.

A Times investigation, meanwhile, reported concerns from MI6 about the threat to national security from IP-connected CCTV systems. In response to that story, Hanwha Techwin sought to reassure its customers that it was doing enough to repel attacks and called for collaboration across the supply chain.

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HARRY ELLIOT
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It is against the privacy of people. So the people should be beware of these hacks. They should be given proper security by the companies who are dealing in camera industry. In fact, security cameras are most vulnerable because most of the people who deploy them don’t change their default username and password making it a cakewalk for hackers to hack them.

Patric
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Patric

Are they still able to hack a security camera system if is not connect to a WiFi

joe
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joe

of course. even without internet they can see through your clothes no matter how many layers you put on. poor man !!!

0per
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0per

Yep, and so many ways to do it. Reverse TV Lightwave Interpolation, Vulnerable devices with IR remotes can even see you in the dark! Then you got your older smoke detectors with radioactive elements misbehaving and broadcasting your movements through walls, Hell, even those LED light bulbs. I found a full suit of chainmail on Craigslist DarkWeb and I wear it whenever I leave the panic room.

Crazy world

FvckThePolice
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FvckThePolice

As long as it’s connected to a non-airgapped LAN, yes, but if it’s simply wired directly to a monitor or on an airgapped network then no

Suzan
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Suzan

Is Hughes net a great company to have if you plan on hacking your wife’s home network and use her security system against her so like you know when she’s not home and who is there at her house and when. It’s a great stalking tool that I bought into paying 3,000 dollars for but he got the guy he said from great reviews but I wasn’t at all impressed with this company. I was totally worked by my soon to be ex I can’t believe I fell for it. But it was easy because my soon to e ex… Read more »

Abc
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Abc

The issue identified following the Dyn DNS attack was that the CCTV cameras used in the DDoS attack had a root or admin user with a hardset password that can not be changed – not just that there was a default username and password.

oreison
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oreison

thank you for these tricks!

oreison
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oreison

can some one access to the camera without internet access?

dos
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dos

Apparently yes but first they let themselves in with software !

aniket
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aniket

i think my cctv system has been hacked by some of the company member several times. i am not able figure out in the footage . Can they change the video as shown in movies ? i think there are softwares available for that. if it is really happening how can i stop it

Nick Ts
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Nick Ts

mate the petrol station is in Southampton UK, just opposite the Univeristy. It’s not Malaysia

James
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James

The leading manufacturer we use make you change the pass word and is has to be a high security one that you change it to.

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Robert Brent

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Olayinka
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Olayinka

I actually want to learn hacking to help the society nothing. I am a CCTV installation Engineer , I really want to know about how to hack CCTV

Kim
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Kim

Yeah the other night out of the blue I’m awakened to my alarm doing the 45 second count down.. I heard my husband get up and punch in the code to then disarm it but when I woke up again to use bathroom I walked into the hall and the alarm went off. The police called right away which it’s usually the alarm company. I honestly think my husband used the alarm and camera company he did because he spies on me. We have all windows and doors but the bathroom. Who is professional and forgets to secure the bathroom… Read more »

NIC-cole the smart one in the world
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NIC-cole the smart one in the world

You poor thing it’s not your husband it’s the government and the government is more than capable of making you think you’re crazy enough to be taking the abuse from your husband while he said the First Security System just to watch everything you do! That’s not what happened I promise you because my husband once thought I was doing that to him and I had to explain to him it was the government he now believes me I’ll look into everything else the government sees volume your husband loves you don’t divorce him over your paranoia maybe he just… Read more »

Dame Essentials
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Dame Essentials

Thanks for posting about home surveillance equipment that helps to give us full of security and protection.

Miles Corcoran
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Miles Corcoran

People can see what your doing from the camera on your: phone tablet computer laptop and others. put a sticker on it

Kanha
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Kanha

Bhartiy gang

Martijn
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Martijn

Ive worked for several it companies (huge ones too) and now i’m a hobbyist hacker. I can tell you when time pressure is an issue (which it always is) security is not an issue. (well fix it later, blame someone else).

linx
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linx

I died

Newly
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Newly

How can the average person protect themselves?? I am not tech savvy.

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Fallout 4 Won’t Launch On The PC

Hello, Closed-circuit television (CCTV), also known as video surveillance,[1][2] is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors. It differs from broadcast television in that the signal is not openly transmitted, though it may employ point to point (P2P), point to multipoint (P2MP), or mesh wired or wireless links.

Victoria Tegg
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Victoria Tegg

Suddenly my logitech program’s sound is super soft. It doesn’t matter what I do it sucks.. OBS causes lags with recording but sounds is good.. xsplit has this echo I can’t seem to remove. windows thing doesn’t work.. I’m so screwed.. I have to wait 2 more months before I can get a new phone 🙁 and vdub isn’t easy to use… I’m a bit clueless what to do.

Ludo
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Ludo

We’re always interested in looking at the security of consumer and enterprise kit, whether it’s for a customer as part of a product security evaluation, or for our own interest.

Alisha Ross
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Alisha Ross

Wow. This is great, you just saved me from a lot of stress. I’ve wasted hours searching for the right tool. I thank God i found your great information.
Regards
Ross Alisha

AngieA
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AngieA

How can I protect myself. My home cameras are being hacked daily. I have to put covers over the lens. Can they still see me inside my home? Also, sometimes I caught them backing up footage and the most annoying thing is that they mute my alarm. One of my cameras is now defective and looks like a swarm of bees, unable to identify anyone in the frame. What can they be using and how can I protect myself and home? Thank you.

Eve Hunt
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Eve Hunt

Wonderful site. Lots of useful info here. I’m sending it to several pals ans additionally sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks to your sweat!
Regards: Eve Hunt

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