Cyberattack Tied to Weaponized Webcams

owilson on Monday October 24, 2016 at 03:22:47 PM

Cyberattack Tied to Weaponized Webcams

Hangzhou Xiongmai issued a recall after its webcams were found to have aided in Friday's massive cyberattack.

(CCM) — Though the perpetrator of Friday's widespread cyberattack — which knocked out the likes of Reddit, Twitter, Spotify, and Netflix — remains at large, it has been revealed that easily hackable webcams allowed the breach to happen. The attack enrolled thousands of smart devices that can be controlled remotely, among which were webcams by Chinese electronics company Hangzhou Xiongmai. According to reports by the BBC, the firm has since issued a recall on said devices. It said that such a large scale breach of the webcams was possible because users had not changed their devices' default passwords. Xiongmai maintained, however, that its devices did not make up the bulk of the devices used in the attack.

"Security issues are a problem facing all mankind," the company said in a statement. "Since industry giants have experienced them, Xiongmai is not afraid to experience them once, too." In addition to a recall, it has promised to improve the way it passwords protects its products. Xiongmai will also provide customers with a software patch to toughen devices in the face of attacks like the one that succeeding in crippling several sites on Friday.

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