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Verkada Data Breach

Date posted 12/04/21
By John Bayley

Thousands of Verkada CCTV cameras have been affected by a breach from a group of hackers. These hackers have reportedly gained access to the surveillance systems of many high profile companies, police departments and prisons. The hackers in total gained access to 150,000 live feed cameras as well as archives from all of Verkada’s customers. 

Organisations using Verkada brand cameras include Tesla and Cloudflare. The CCTV hack also allowed them to access the security systems of psychiatric hospitals and schools. The breach is said to be from an international hacker collective. The involved hackers said the reasons for the hack were to show the quality of video surveillance and the ease with which systems could be broken into. 

In response to the breach, Verkada disabled all internal administrator accounts to prevent any unauthorized access and have an internal security team and external security firm investigating the scale and scope of this issue. Law enforcement was also notified.

What is a Cyber Attack?

A cyber-attack is an assault launched by cybercriminals using one or more computers against a single computer or network. The attack can disable computers, steal data or like the Verkada Data Breach, access a breached computer. A variety of methods can be used to launch a cyber-attack. 

On this occasion, the hackers gained access to the network through a ‘Super Admin’ account. The details of the account were available online and allowed the hackers to access all of Verkada’s customer’s cameras. The hackers also gained ‘root’ access which could allow them to use the camera’s to execute their own code. Obtaining this degree of access to the camera didn’t require any additional hacking as it was a built-in feature and a potentially devastating oversight. 

The unprecedented hack of this CCTV network is proof of a necessity for a secure CCTV system. We at Bayley Security have a wealth of knowledge and experience in keeping our client’s systems secure and running smoothly. If you are looking for cybersecurity assistance including CCTV, access control and more, contact us today.

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