Surveillance CCTV can be hacked according to US expert
18 June l 2013
U.S. security expert, Craig Heffner, a former software developer with the National Security Administration says he has identified ways to remotely attack high-end surveillance cameras used by industrial plants, prisons, banks and the military, something that potentially would allow hackers to spy on facilities or gain access to sensitive computer networks.
Heffner said he discovered the previously unreported bugs in digital video surveillance equipment from firms including Cisco Systems Inc , D-Link Corp and TRENDnet.
He plans to demonstrate techniques for exploiting these bugs at the Black Hat hacking conference, which starts July 31 in Las Vegas.
Heffner, who now works as a vulnerability researcher with a firm known as Tactical Network Solutions in Columbia, Maryland, said that he has discovered hundreds of thousands of surveillance cameras that can be accessed via the public Internet.
Heffner's presentation is one of more than 100 talks at the annual gathering, which is expected to attract some 6,500 security professionals who will learn about the growing threat that hackers pose to businesses, consumers and national security.