A recent mega-hack of over 50,000 home IP security cameras in Singapore shocked global authorities. Hackers collected video from the cameras, selling it to porn sites online.

You can tell the home layout looks like HDB flats and condos in Singapore, where it’s common for landlords and tenants to set up home IP security cameras to catch criminals.

However, they did not expect to become the victim of cybercrime for their efforts.

 

Counting the Cost of Singapore’s Home IP Security Camera Hack

 

The hackers claim to have sold over 3TB of videos to various porn sites, with some of the videos showing children in compromising positions on the toilet and wearing scantly clad clothing at home while studying.

The hackers are currently selling the footage for a $150 subscription fee, offering a free 700mb sample to entice buyers.

 

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The hack is disturbing. Many households in Singapore uses home IP cameras to monitor their elderly parents at home and also beef up their security.

However, what if there’s someone else watching you on the other end, recording everything you do?

In this post, we’ll unpack a few strategies to strengthen the security around your home IP cameras.

 

Can Someone Hack My Home IP Security Cameras?

 

Yes, hackers can access your security camera network using a bunch of methods. The reality is that all security cameras are prone to a hack. Today, it’s more of a question of when you’re going to experience a hack rather than if you’ll experience a hack.

To ensure you never experience a breach in your cybersecurity, you’ll need to take a proactive stance around your network security protocols.

Hackers can break into the cameras themselves or access them through your home network. The ease of access the hackers have in accessing the network depends on the operating system you’re running and your digital video recording software.

If you’re running an unprotected or an out-of-date network lacking current security measures, you’re going to experience a hack sooner or later.

 

How Can I Protect My Home IP Security Cameras?

 

The risk of leaving your home security cameras unprotected is unacceptable. If you want to avoid being the victim of a hack, JT Home Solutions recommend you do the following to supercharge your IP camera security.

  • Contain and compartmentalize all internal camera networks.
  • Create separate networks for your information and video surveillance system.
  • Implement a firewall if you’re not already using one.
  • Never keep the default password on your network access.
  • Use a unique password for your security camera network.
  • Set up unique passwords for all cameras on the network.
  • If you are not already using a firewall, implement one as soon as possible.
  • Firewalls are essential if you’re permitting access through a port forwarding system.
  • Change all your passwords every 90-days.
  • Set up two-factor authentication on your camera network.
  • Keep the operating system up-to-date with all software upgrades.
  • Use a trusted cloud provider if your footage recording is via the cloud.

We hope these tips can help you to improve the security around your home IP cameras, and avoid the prying eyes of hackers.

If you need help in network solutions for your home, do contact us.