If you don't own a GoPro yourself, odds are you know someone who does. The wildly successful action cameras are popular with everyone from extreme sports athletes to astronauts. But, those durable handheld recorders could also be a privacy nightmare. That's because anyone could hack in to your camera, steal your photos and even spy on your conversations.
According to security firm Pen Test Partners, it's not too difficult to hack into GoPro cameras with simple passwords. Pen Test Partners used password-guessing software that's available on the Internet to break into a GoPro camera. In under a minute, the software guessed the camera's password, which was "Sausages."
[Ken Munro of Pen Test Partners] said that in order to take control, a criminal would need to intercept and crack the encrypted Wi-fi key, which is set up by the user when they connect the camera to a mobile device such as a phone.
Once hackers crack into your GoPro, they can view your existing videos or even watch and listen to you. Munro said that GoPro can increase user security by encouraging owners to create tougher passwords.
GoPro defended the security of its gadgets, and said that it is up to users to create complex passwords that aren't easy to hack. GoPro currently requires users to create passwords that are 8 to 16 characters long.
"We follow the industry-standard security protocol called WPA2-PSK (pre-shared key) mode," GoPro told the BBC, in a statement responding to details of the demonstration.
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