Verkada, a silicon valley based company that offers cloud based security surveillance services was reportedly breached by hackers on Monday this week. And the good news is that the threat actors who indulged in this tactic told news resource Bloomberg that they launched the attack just for fun. But the bad news is that they could be lying or one of them might have accessed, stolen, and might misuse the footage for any future extortion techniques.
In what is known to our Cybersecurity Insiders, the company offers services to Sandy Hook School, Equinox, Gyms, Hospitals, Police stations and prisons along with the Tesla factory production streaming through CCTV from Shanghai.
And an international hacking group is said to have taken part in the incident of spying, monitoring in real time, and tracking down footage of many private residences like Condos, shopping malls, credit union organization offices, Pharma companies, marketing agencies, pubs, bars, breweries, churches, Golf association, museums, airport and tramp stations along with some news outlets and Universities operating across Canada and America.
Tillie Kottman, a threat actor from the hacking group, reportedly told Bloomberg that they did the hacking because of curiosity and accessed the live streaming and stored footage from nearly 150,000 cameras.
The IT staff of Verkada had taken control of the situation by disabling the internal admin accounts and has secured the database with relative Cybersecurity measures and disclosed that the hackers gained access to its database by stealing the password related to the super-admin.
All customers who could have been impacted will be notified digitally about the hack and the measures to take to avoid any cyber attack repercussions.
Note- In October 2020, some staff members from Verkada were caught monitoring the cameras installed in their premises and passing out lewd and se$^%lly explicit comments on their women co-workers. So, in this cyber incident, the suspicion finger is also pointing towards the past employees who were fired last year.