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.

Abc
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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.

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

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

oreison
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thank you for these tricks!

oreison
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can some one access to the camera without internet access?

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

James
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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.

Robert Brent
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Olayinka
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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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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 »
Dame Essentials
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Thanks for posting about home surveillance equipment that helps to give us full of security and protection.

Miles Corcoran
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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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Bhartiy gang

Martijn
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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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I died