Recently, a group of hackers claimed to have breached a massive trove of security-camera data collected by Silicon Valley start-up Verkada Inc.
They gained access to live feeds of 150,000 surveillance cameras inside hospitals, companies, police departments, prisons and schools.
Moreover, carmaker Tesla Inc. and software provider Cloudflare Inc. are the companies whose footage was exposed.
Further, hackers were able to view video from inside women’s health clinics, psychiatric hospitals and the offices of Verkada itself.
Some of the cameras, including in hospitals use facial-recognition technology. This is to identify and categorize people captured on the footage.
However, the hackers claimed to have access to the full video archive of all Verkada customers.
The hackers also obtained access to 222 cameras in Tesla factories and warehouses.
An international hacker carried out the data breach to show the pervasiveness of video surveillance.
In fact, this also highlighted the ease with which they broke into the systems.
The company is working to notify customers and set up a support line to address questions.
Also available to the hackers were 330 security cameras inside the Madison County Jail in Huntsville, Alabama.
The hackers had access to live feeds and archived video including audio of interviews between police officers and criminal suspects.
These were all in the high-definition resolution known as 4K.
Meanwhile, that access could allow them to pivot and obtain access to the broader corporate network of Verkada’s customers.
Moving forward, they could also hijack the cameras and use them as a platform to launch future hacks.
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