Anatomy of an Internet of Things attack

Insecure webcams aren’t new, but they’re worrying in the sense that they are indicative of an emerging IoT security apocalypse.

What is new, or at least relatively uncommon, is in-depth details of the security problems that can be exploited. By which we don’t just mean badly configured ports, but vulnerabilities that can be exploited by those with the necessary hacking skills. Context is a security consultancy that has clients including blue chips and government organisations, and it provides penetration testing and red teaming services alongside incident response services.

Context researchers Alex Farrant and Neil Biggs recently took a look at a Motorola Focus 73 outdoor security camera, and soon discovered three things:

    It had an associated mobile app
    It was quick to setup
    It presented new security threats to the network

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