Wireless security cameras give you peace of mind while you're away. There are a lot of relatively inexpensive smart-cams to choose from that give you "eyes' to see what's happening in your home.
But what if strangers were also watching - while you're home?
A serious flaw in one very popular brand of home security cameras has been discovered, making it easy for hackers to peek at your private life. What’s worse, even a strong password won’t keep you safe.
The vulnerable device is the D-Link DCS-930L Wi-Fi camera. For less than $30, there’s a lot to like about this camera: it’s easy to set up, it's activated by motion and sound detection and you can check the camera’s feed from anywhere through an app on your smartphone.
The problem with this D-Link camera is that hackers can access your video with relative ease. Once inside the device, they can also re-write code to reset your password. Even the network your camera is connected to can be compromised, once hackers have gained access to this security device.
The vulnerability was discovered by Internet security researchers at the Senrio company. They reported the problem to D-link who promised to address the flaw and send customers a patch as soon as possible. The good news is that once an update is available, most D-Link cameras, including this one, will automatically fetch, download and install the software fix.
Until this camera is truly secure, you might want to heed the advice of everyone from Kim Komando to FBI Director James Comey and put a piece of tape over the lens while you’re at home. Of course, you could also just turn it off.