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Hackers can watch you through your own security cameras

Hackers can watch you through your own security cameras
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The "Internet of Things" is a concept that all of our home gadgets will soon be connected to the Internet. Patrick Wardle and Cody Moore, security researchers at Synack, spend a lot of their time determining vulnerabilities in products contributing to the "Internet of Things."

Their latest discovery was that a popular video monitoring camera, the Dropcam, could be the most vulnerable part of any home security system. It's hard for a consumer to understand these vulnerabilities, so that made it even more important to Wardle and Moore that these flaws be exposed.

Moore and Wardle plucked the private and public SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates from the Dropcam they analyzed. With those in hand, it would be possible for them to view videos a person has stored or upload their own videos that would appear to have come from a specific Dropcam.

The main danger is that if a hacker was able to break into your home, they would be able to do anything they wanted to your video stream. They could watch your video stream in secret, or even figure out a more convenient time to rob you.

Another worry is whether or not the latest hack will work in tandem with new hacker efforts to break into computer systems remotely. Hackers could most certainly brute force their ways into computer systems to hijack security cameras.

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