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Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals

By Bloomberg

March 10, 2021

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Hackers say they have compromised data from as many as 150,000 surveillance cameras, including footage from electric vehicle company Tesla.

An international hacking collective executed the breach to demonstrate the ease of exposing video surveillance by targeting camera data provided by enterprise security startup Verkada.

In addition to footage from Tesla factories and warehouses, the hackers exposed footage from the offices of software provider Cloudflare, and from hospitals, schools, jails, and police stations.

Tillie Kottmann, one of the hackers claiming credit for the breach, said the collective obtained root access to cameras, enabling them to execute their own code; they exploited a Super Admin account to access the cameras, and found a username and password for an administrator account online.

A Verkada spokesperson said the company has disabled all internal administrator accounts to block unauthorized access.

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