Maker of home surveillance cameras reprimanded over privacy

Trendnet home cameras were hacked, causing privacy intrusions for hundreds of people. The company had weaknesses that meant supposedly private video feeds were in fact viewable by anyone online.  The company  was barred from referring to their cameras as “secure” in marketing material. The move is the first such crackdown by the Federal Trade Commission.
Commonly referred to as the Internet of Things, the idea that many things in the home – not just typical computers – will be connected to the internet is tipped to be a major industry in the near future.
“But consumer privacy and security must remain a priority as companies develop more devices that connect to the internet.” said FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez.
In January last year, a hacker posted details of 700 live private video feeds they had managed to access – complete with details of how others could do the same.
Soon, other people frequenting forums such as 4Chan were sharing feeds showing various activities, including babies sleeping in cribs and young children playing.
One user remarked at the time: “I feel like a paedophile watching this.”
Other companies have faced similar problems.
Last month, camera maker Foscam found itself at the centre of controversy when a hacker was able to shout abuse at a two-year-old child by exploiting a vulnerability in a camera the company advertised as an ideal “baby monitor”.

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