Surveillance camera vulnerability could allow hackers to spy on and alter recordings

[Sept 18, 2018]

In newly published research, security firm Tenable reveals how popular video surveillance camera software could be manipulated, allowing would-be attackers the ability to view, disable or otherwise manipulate video footage.

The vulnerability, which researchers fittingly dubbed “Peekaboo,” affects software created by NUUO, a surveillance system software maker with clients including hospitals, banks and schools around the globe.

The vulnerability works via a stack buffer overflow, overwhelming the targeted software and opening the door for remote code execution. That loophole means that an attacker could remotely access and take over accounts with no authorization, even taking over networked cameras connected to the target device.

Cyber Security Tips:

  • Organizations that might be vulnerable can use a plugin from the researchers to determine if they’re at risk or contact the manufacturer directly.

 

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