Security

Record-breaking Cyber Attacks Delivered from Video Surveillance Cameras

Last month, various media outlets started reporting on distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) cyber attacks. These involved a cabal of hacked video surveillance cameras, digital video recorders (DVRs), routers and other Internet of Things devices. These attacks are significant for a variety of reasons, not least their sheer size and scale. One of the most serious attacks reached 1.1 Terabytes per second (Tbps), with Octave Klaba, founder of OVH estimating the so called "Botnet" had the capacity to reach 1.5 Tbps. There were over 6,800 video cameras joined to the botnet. “It’s getting huge,” Martin McKeay, a member of Akamai’s security intelligence team is quoted as saying. “You’re going to see brownouts, sections where a data center, an ISP, a region, may have so much traffic that it takes down that region.” This is a seriously worrying trend for the Video Surveillance industry who have been touting the benefits of IP enabled and connected cameras for many […]

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