Hackers Are Using CCTV Cameras to Create Botnet network to launch DDoS attacks

CCTV cameras have now become a norm for maintaining security. These closed-circuit security cameras are supposed to make you safer and help in the case of any crime. However, security researchers at Incapsula have discovered that hackers are turning these very cameras into a botnet network using malware.

The researchers discovered a code that turned about 900 Linux-based CCTV cameras into a botnet swarms. The hackers who infected these cameras with malware have turned into a super sized DDoS machine.

Imagine what is at stake here. There are approximately 245 million registered CCTV cameras worldwide, and many of them still had the default login credentials. Imagine that these 245 million camera’s turning into zombie networks. The combined power of these security cameras could launch mammoth sized DDoS attack against any entity in the world.

Hackers Are Using CCTV Cameras to Create Botnet network to launch DDoS attacks

Right now only 1000 cameras have been infected according the Incapsula research. Considering the risks these unsecured security cameras pose, companies have to either ship more secure cameras or tell their customers how to protect themselves. Till such time, these surveillance systems will likely represent an ongoing risk.

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