Smart Cities

Verkada Hack “Exposes How Broadly We’re Being Surveilled & How Little is Put into Securing IoT”

A damning IoT security breach occurred this week as a hacker group gained access to video surveillance feeds, as well as company and customer data, of Silicon Valley security startup Verkada. The hackers gained access to over 150,000 cameras, including those in Tesla factories and warehouses, Cloudflare offices, Equinox gyms, hospitals, jails, schools, police stations, and Verkada’s own offices. This hack not only exposed the company and its customers but also highlighted the pervasive nature of video surveillance and the vulnerability of such devices, undermining the growth of the IoT trend across the world. Calling it a “hack” might be a little misleading, suggesting some kind of complex technical process was involved to gain access to the sensitive data. In fact, the methods used by the attackers were entirely unsophisticated. The group gained access to the Verkada system through a “Super Admin” account, via username and password credentials they found for an administrator account publicly […]

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