Cheap malware allows easy access to personal webcams and surveilance camera
June 20, Beijing: Cheap software has reportedly spread across the Chinese Internet, allowing web-connected cameras and home surveillance devices to be infiltrated.
Anyone can buy the hacking software for just 188 yuan ($28) with an attached list of IP addresses and a manual on how to use the malware. The malware scans for internet-connected webcams, giving its buyers easy access to them.
The tool has newly spread in Chinese online chat rooms such as QQ Messenger, along with usernames and passwords to affected devices. Up to 200 to 400 compromised cameras and login credentials are given away each day, and are downloaded by hundreds of people, according to the Chinese media outlet.
CCTV traffic monitoring cameras as well as other cameras in the city can be also hacked if their passwords are not safe enough, Those with webcams and other easily hackable camera devices are advised to change their passwords immediately and often, as a safety precaution. cybersecurity experts warned, as cited by South China Morning Post.
The Oslo Times International News Network