The well-known security camera manufacturer Verkada was attacked by hackers a few days ago. According to the official announcement, the internal privileged account was stolen by hackers.
The security cameras provided by the company are used in many companies and institutions around the world, including some well-known companies, government agencies, hospitals, schools, and even prisons.
Hackers can directly control more than 150,000 webcams and watch live broadcasts through these webcams and even stream to the Internet.
Verkada did not disclose how the hackers launched the attack, but the company emphasized that all accounts used internally by the company have been disabled for security reasons.
From this description, it seems that the hackers should have obtained privileged accounts. These privileged accounts can view live broadcasts of all the company’s cameras in real-time.
Manufacturers of such security cameras usually reserve accounts with higher authority. Some are convenient for subsequent maintenance and use, and some are used in emergency situations.
At present, Verkada’s internal security team is cooperating with security companies to investigate, but it is not yet clear why the attack and the purpose of the hacker attack.
It is worth noting that the content distribution network provider Cloudflare and the well-known electric car manufacturer Tesla are also threatened by hackers.
The hacker even released the internal images of Tesla’s warehouse in Shanghai, China. The images released by the hackers can see the assembly workshop and assemblers in Tesla’s warehouse in Shanghai.
The hacker stated that he was able to access 222 cameras in Tesla’s factory and warehouse. At present, neither Cloudflare nor Tesla has issued a statement on the incident.
However, security issues are always a threat to this type of webcam, and more details of the attack need to be investigated by Verkada and the security company.