Internet-connected baby monitors are riddled with security flaws that could broadcast live footage of your sleeping children to the world and his dog, according to new research.
Mark Stanislav, a security researcher at Rapid7, discovered numerous security weaknesses and design flaws after evaluating nine different devices from eight different vendors. Security flaws included hidden, hardcoded credentials, unencrypted video streaming, unencrypted web and mobile app functions, and much more.
Isolated real-world reports of hacking of baby monitors date back at least two years, so it’s not as if the problem is new.
Last year privacy watchdogs at the ICO warned parents to change the default passwords on webcams to stop perverts snooping on kids.
The warning followed a security flap created by the site, hosted in Russia, that streamed live footage ranging from CCTV networks to built-in cameras from baby monitors. The website itself – insecam.cc – accesses the cams using the default login credentials, which are freely available online for thousands of devices.
Nearly a year later it’s still easy for miscreants to access streaming video footage from baby monitors, Rapid7 has discovered.
Three popular baby monitors were found to each have a critical vulnerability impacting their overall security.
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