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Samsung Cameras Latest To Get Hit By IoT Security Issues

By January 31, 2017March 1st, 2023Cybersecurity

SamsungAnother day, another type of smart device proven vulnerable to hacking.

In this case, the latest IoT (Internet of Things) devices to fall victim are Samsung SmartCam cameras. These cloud-enabled security devices, popular with small and medium-sized businesses, were originally designed and manufactured by Samsung and recently sold to the Hanwha Group.

In response to the vulnerabilities reported, the new owner of the line decided to disable the local admin panel, which only allows the users to access their cameras through a smartphone app.

Not only was this move unpopular with the user base, but it proved to be utterly ineffective.

A group of hackers calling themselves “The Exploiteers” found a way to get around the change and re-enable the local admin panel. They were then able to utilize various exploits to take full control over the devices.

Not only would this allow them to turn the cameras off at will, which represents a nightmare scenario from a security perspective, but this, of course, would also give them unfettered access to the security feed itself, and the ability to pan the cameras around.
Effectively, then, this exploit turns your own security devices against you.

Fortunately, not only did the Exploiteers inform the company of their successful efforts. They also included instructions on how to properly patch the equipment to keep this from happening in the future.

The bottom line here is if you use Samsung SmartCams to protect your business, you’re definitely going to want to make sure you have them patched with the latest security updates in order to minimize your risks.

This underscores the need for smart device manufacturers to get much more serious about providing some basic level of security for the devices they make and sell. Expect to see more stories like these in coming months, because so far, equipment manufacturers have displayed limited interest, and it’s creating a large and growing time bomb on the internet as the IoT continues to expand.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.