Video Surveillance, Other Physical Security Systems Vulnerable to Hacking

A study by a software security group showed video surveillance systems can be hacked and manipulated.

A recent study by Kaspersky Lab, an international software security group, revealed that video surveillance networks can be hacked by a third-party seeking to exploit system configuration flaws.

In many video surveillance networks, security cameras are connected via a mesh network in which nodes are connected with each other and serve as a path for data on its way from a node to the control center, reports.

Rather than use a Wi-Fi hotspot or wired connection, nodes in these types of networks transmit data to the closest node, which transfers it further through other nodes right to the command center.

The Internet security firm states that if an intruder connects to a single node in the network, they will be able to manipulate the data transmitted through it.

Kaspersky Lab executives say they conducted the study to highlight that cybersecurity also affects physical security systems, especially critical public systems like video surveillance.

The company believes that the research results are useful for city authorities that have already implemented, or plan to deploy, mesh-network based surveillance systems.

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