Is your security camera hacking someone else?

Who watches the watchers?

Who watches the watchers?

Last month the Wall Street Journal reported: Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, DVRs for Massive Internet Attacks

How can something like this happen?  It turns out security cameras and DVRs are just network connected computers, and they can be hacked just like any other computer.  However, it’s worse than that, a large number of these systems ship with default passwords, so anyone who can connect to them can get into the system and install any software they want.

By using Sensr.net you can add an extra layer of security to your IP camera deployments.

What about my firewall?

But wait, what does it matter that there are default passwords on these systems?  These devices are normally behind a firewall, right?  Maybe, but most DVRs and IP cameras are configured so you can view and configure them from outside your firewall.  When these systems are installed, most of them instruct you to set up port forwarding.  This is where you can get into trouble.  If you configure your firewall for port forwarding, you’re allowing anyone on the internet to connect to your device.  If you setup port forwarding but don’t bother to change the default passwords, then you’re asking for trouble.

You are your own IT guy

If you do setup port forwarding, make sure you change all the default passwords and keep your firmware up to date.  Yes, this is a hassle.  Updating firmware on wireless security cameras is error prone and confusing.  You have to make sure you have the right firmware for your camera.  Sometimes there are slightly different hardware versions and if you install the wrong firmware on the wrong hardware, you’ll brick your device.  Another hassle is that most manufacturers insist that you do the upgrade over a wired connection.  This sounds easy until you realize that the camera is mounted somewhere and now you have to get your toolbox and a ladder just to upgrade your firmware.  No wonder these devices are not getting updated.

Can Sensr.net help?

Yes, using Sensr.net doesn’t require port forwarding (cameras push to our servers, nothing reaches back into your network).  This means if you’re using security cameras or network attached DVRs don’t need to be accessible from the internet at large.

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