Over 5 million Cyber Attacks on IP Cameras in just 5 months

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Japan-based Cybersecurity firm ‘Trend Micro’ has revealed that it has blocked over 5 million cyber attacks on IP Cameras in just 5 months, highlighting the security risks luring on IP based surveillance devices.

The security firm which is headquartered in Tokyo is said to have come to the above conclusion after analyzing highly sophisticated attacks on 7000 anonymously aggregated IP cameras, highlighting the fact that the IP surveillance industry is super vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Out of the identified attacks, over 75% were related to Brute Force login attempts, leading to breach of content due to compromised passwords.

While on the contrary others were related to malware attacks where malicious software like ‘Mirai’ was seen being inducted into the IP Surveillance devices.

“As AI-powered video surveillance applications are making IP video cameras interconnected and network operated on Cloud-based technologies, more verticals in the field of surveillance could get exposed to hackers”, says Oscar Chang, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Trend Micro.

If manufacturers and users do not pay attention to the shift, then they could become easy prey to hackers exploiting IoT devices added Chang.

Note- The National Surveillance Camera Day commemorated on June 20th this year witnessed a discussion on the topic of surveillance cameras being exploited by hackers. The discussion got serious when the security analysts brought the topic of hackers infiltrating the network of IP cameras operating in Washington DC in Jan’17- just before the oath-taking ceremony of Donald Trump as the 45th President of North America. Later the analysts conversed wisely on how the IP camera technology was evolving at a fast pace and the benefits and risks faced by them.