More than 60 networked Surveillance Cameras that placed in key waterways, Fish markets and Rehabilitation Center was hacked and the attackers left the message on the screen reads “I’m Hacked. bye2.”
All the 60 hacked Surveillance Cameras made by Canon Inc. it is still unknown why the Canon cameras are targeted particularly in the cities Yachiyo in Chiba Prefecture and Ageo in Saitama.
It is noted that all the compromised cameras at several locations are with the default password. Canon urged users to change the default passwords.
The officials at Yachiyo notices the hack on April 24 and determined that the camera’s passwords have been changed and later they removed the affected cameras from the network and reported the incident to police. Whereas Ageo officials identified the hack on April 26.
According to Japantimes Some Japanese companies and government bodies are said to be inordinately susceptible to hackers.
Security cameras connected with Internet allows monitoring through mobile devices, computers, and Tablets. But experts said these connected IoT devices can be used by hackers as an entry point to penetrate into the secured networks.
“The cases indicate (internet of things technology) has many security issues,” an information security expert known by the alias “Piyokango,” said. “It is important that you make sure to change the default passwords.”
IoT devices should not be furnished with default passwords, it could be easily hijacked by attackers and use them for malicious purposes.
The self-replication Hajime Worm and the dangerous Mirai Botnet are the well-known botnets that target IoT devices.
According to ptsecurity “approximately 15 out of 100 devices passwords have never been changed from their default values. And just the five most popular username/password pairs are enough to get admin access to 1 out of every 10 devices”.