Are baby monitors the new targets for hackers?

Rapid 7 released reports the beginning of this month describing newfound vulnerabilities in baby monitors. Theses faulty monitors, from several different manufactures, were found to leak predictable information, backdoor credentials and privilege escalation. Hackers have the ability to tap into these baby monitors since little security measures are taken to protect the content stored or tied to them.

According to this article by Richard Adhikari “Backdoor credentials — the vulnerability most frequently found — showed up in five products from different manufacturers.” This finding tells me that manufactures do not have proper restrictions on encrypting information on these monitors.

So what’s the big deal if hackers have access to the baby monitors in your house, it’s not like a great deal of financial or personal information is tied to it right? No, it’s not like they are accessing that type of information but what can be leaked by hacking into these monitors include: video and audio from the device; from a live stream or previously recorded clips, according to Mark Stanislav, senior security consultant for global services at Rapid7. No parent aware of these capability cyber intruders have would allow for a device in their home in which a stranger could watch their child.

“In the race to market and bring products to consumers, inattention to security is likely to be an issue”, said Craig Spiezle, executive director of the Online Trust Alliance. It is morally wrong for companies to make production of their product more important that the security of the device. Manufacturers “need to look at the risk and vulnerability and areas for abuse…. they need to design in the ability to patch or remediate once the product leaves their factory”, alleged Craig Spiezle. The problem only gets worse if you consider other uses of these defective products in the business sphere, compromised devices could be used to spy on people in their offices.


Author: Richard Adhikari has written about high-tech for leading industry publications since the 1990s and wonders where it’s all leading.

By: Lisa Hornak