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Doorbell Security Cameras Are Easily Hackable, Researchers Find


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The view from a doorbell camera.

Recent research at Florida Institute of Technology shows how easily hackers can break into digital doorbell camera products through backdoors to gain remote access.

Credit: Florida Today

Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) researchers demonstrated that smart home security systems, including doorbells connected to a wireless camera, can be hacked easily.

FIT's Terrence O'Connor and Daniel Campos identified flaws in seven models of smart cameras and doorbells made by smart home device vendor Geeni and parent company Merkury Innovations, by reverse-engineering the firmware using cybersecurity firm ReFirm Labs' Binwalk Enterprise Internet of Things devices security tool.

The FIT researchers found that hackers only need to figure out the default password the device shipped with in order to gain access.

Merkury's Sol Hedaya said updated firmware will be issued this month.

From Florida Today
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