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Swann’s home security camera recordings could be hijacked

A popular wireless security camera designed to safeguard businesses and homes was vulnerable to a spying hack.
The flaw meant it was possible to hijack video and audio streamed from other people’s properties by making a minor tweak to Swann Security’s app.
Researchers found the problem after the BBC reported a case where one customer had received another’s recordings.
Australia-based Swann and OzVision – the Israeli provider of its cloud tech – said the issue had now been fixed.
Swann said that the vulnerability had been limited to one model – the SWWHD-Intcam, also known as the Swann Smart Security Camera – which first went on sale in October 2017.
However, there are concerns that other companies’ cameras supported by OzVision could have problems.
The discovery has left the man whose kitchen was inadvertently shown to another Swann camera owner feeling unhappy.
The West Midlands-based IT worker, who asked the BBC to refer only to his first name, contacted the broadcaster after it published the original article four weeks ago.
At the time, Swann had described the problem as a “one-off”.
“It’s a gross breach of privacy – I wouldn’t buy another product from them,” Harry said, adding that he owned five of the affected cameras.
“I’ve got a four-year-old and it sends a shiver down my spine to think somebody could have been watching my family.
“It’s quite a scary thought.”
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Five Europe-based security consultants teamed up to investigate Swann’s cameras after the June report: Ken Munro, Andrew Tierney, Vangelis Stykas, Alan Woodward and Scott Helme.

Source: BBC
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