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Smart Home Security Camera Bug Exposed

The security researchers have found a flaw in a home security camera model which can easily allow any individual to view the users’ video feeds.

The bug which was found in the SWWHD-Intcam, which is of course known as the Swann Smart Security Camera, Which had been on a huge sale in the earlier several high street retailers which includes the Currys and the Walmart for the past eight months.

The problem which relates to the Safe by Swann clouds system that allows the users to view their feeds remotely via smartphone, according to the BBC.

The researchers — Ken Munro, Andrew Tierney, Vangelis Stykas, Alan Woodward and Scott Helme — which claimed that they could intercept the message sent by the provider OzVision from its servers to the app.

This contains a serial number which is unique to every single camera, which can be easily altered to allow the access to other devices, the report claimed.

They have also identified a way to work out which serial number do the Swann cameras were using, which is allowing them to theoretically view any account with ease.

“Swann was able to detect the subsystem Ken Munro and his team who were attempting to hack and promptly addressed the vulnerability”, a spokesman for the company told the BBC.

“This vulnerability did not apply to any other Swann products, We have not detected any other such attempts.”

However, there are some concerns that the other camera brands which are supported by Israel headquartered supplier OzVision may have a vulnerable to attack. A problem which was discovered in Flir cameras late in October last year, with a patch.

Around 40% of UK consumers are aware that these devices could listen to their private conversations, according to the McAfee research.

“People need to feel empowered and protected so they can embrace the new technologies that aim to deliver peace of mind. Businesses manufacturing these devices must do their bit and ensure that security is built-in from the get-go,” said chief scientist, Raj Samani.

“There are also very simple measures consumers which can take when they are introducing the new connected gadgets to their home environments. For example, people who need to ensure they have very protected Wi-Fi in place with multiple-factor authentication and complex passwords.

This will help prevent the cyber-criminals from accessing devices and getting their hands on personal information.”

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