Five Million IP Camera Cyber-Attacks Blocked in Just Five Months

Trend Micro has announced that is has blocked five million cyber-attack attempts against internet protocol (IP) cameras in only five months. This highlights the security risks that still impact IP-based surveillance devices.

After the security vendor analysed 7,000 anonymously aggregated IP cameras, they discovered that the IP surveillance industry is facing high numbers of attacks. Trend Micro went into further detail, saying that of the attacks it blocked, 75 per cent were brute force login attempts. They went on to state that there is a clear pattern of malicious attackers targeting IP surveillance devices with common malware such as Mirai variants.

Executive vice-president and chief development officer for Trend Micro, Oscar Chang said, “More verticals are seeking connected, AI-powered video surveillance applications causing a clear paradigm shift from a relatively closed-off network to a more interconnected network operated heavily by cloud-based technologies. Due to this shift in the landscape, manufacturers and users must pay attention to the security of these IoT devices.”

“While the industry has known about cyber-risks, manufacturers have been unable to properly address the risk without knowing the root cause and attack methods,” added Dr Steve Ma, vice-president of engineering, Brand Business Group for VIVOTEK.

The topic of the use of surveillance cameras was recently brought to attention on National Surveillance Camera Day and featured conversations about how camera technology developing, as well as the benefits and risks to look out for.

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