Monday, February 13, 2012

Security Camera Flaw Patched for TRENDnet Security Cameras

California-based residential security camera manufacturer TRENDnet announced last week that it just released a new IP camera firmware upgrade designed to neutralize a security flaw that was recently discovered. The flaw allows internet users to gain access to live footage from a user's security camera relatively easily without knowing the password. TRENDnet issued a statement about the flaw stating that the bug only affects camera models sold by TRENDnet since April 2010. Overall, TRENDnet has announced that they have identified 18 cameras that may require the update.

According to the company in a statement, "A recent product hack revealed a vulnerability present in several TRENDnet SecurView IP cameras. TRENDnet's security team understands that video from some TRENDnet IP SecureView cameras may be accessed online in real time. Upon awareness of the issue, TRENDnet initiated immediate actions to quantify the scope of the issue, initiate corrective actions, and publish updated firmware which resolves the issue."

The BBC published a story in which Zak Wood, the Director of Global Marketing for TRENDnet, blamed the flaw on a "coding oversight". The vulnerability, according to the BBC report, was first discovered by The Verge, a technology news website. The Verge revealed details about the flaw on a blog back in the beginning of January and alerted TRENDnet about the issue.

If you bought a TRENDnet security camera on or after April 2010, I highly recommend you get TRENDnet's upgrade, unless you like unauthorized people having access to your live security camera feed, potentially being harmful to your business, home or family. It's completely up to you.

Source: Security Info Watch - TRENDnet Fixes Surveillance Camera Security Flaw

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