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Chinese IP cameras threaten security of national facilities

Chinese IP cameras threaten security of national facilities

Posted November. 06, 2017 07:59,   

Updated November. 06, 2017 08:20


Chinese IP cameras widely used in government facilities due to their moderate price are found to be so vulnerable that even non-experts can hack into them. Some are concerned that this can be a hole in the national security management as these IP cameras spreading to the public area such as major national facilities are pointed out to be a window of privacy video leakage.

The Dong-A Ilbo reenacted Friday a video clip, which showed how to connect to an IP camera backdoor (a path that a developer intentionally left) created by a Chinese company, and found that video footages filmed by security cameras in public facilities such as national university laboratories, communal playgrounds and university campuses were vulnerable to hacking attempts. It took only around 30 seconds to hack into a randomly selected IP camera. A “Hacked” sign appeared on screens even though the hacking was conducted by an amateur.

Unlike hard-wired CCTVs, IP cameras are a type of “network cameras” connected to a wireless network, which makes it possible to check videos from anywhere in the world in real-time. Anyone can access video footages if they have an Internet address (IP address) even if the camera is in other country.

Dong-Jin Shin shine@donga.com