CCTV Security Vulnerabilities
CCTV cameras & systems manufactured by some of the world’s largest Chinese manufacturers have built-in access vulnerabilities (Back Doors) that can be used to view & listen to any of the installed camera systems. Basically put, the newly disclosed backdoor vulnerability means that millions of cameras have been carrying the potential to be used as eavesdropping devices even with audio on the camera disabled.
These back doors also allow hackers from anywhere in the world to penetrate into your wider network & servers on a site, therefore urgent action is required to close these back doors. It’s estimated that the UK alone has 1 Million installed CCTV cameras that were manufactured by just one of the top Chinese companies!
Governments across the world are now banning China’s state-owned CCTV equipment manufacturers and only allow systems that conform to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA). Purchasing NDAA-compliant products is important for all Government entities and private organisations to protect themselves from potential back door hacks that allow access to the wider network itself and that’s without access to the CCTV video feeds, especially sectors like education!
A new UK government bill has followed the USA’s move to ban these Chinese CCTV manufacturing companies due to human rights abuses in China, however, the real reason is the vulnerable back door access left in these systems.
CCTV cameras were made by Hikvision or Dahua, including 73% of councils across the UK, 57% of secondary schools in England, 6 out of 10 NHS Trusts, as well as UK universities and police forces.