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February 6, 2012

TRENDnet home security cams’ vulnerability exposed

Company releases firmware updates for the cameras bought since April 2010 onwards

By CBR Staff Writer

A blog named Consolecowboys identified a security vulnerability in some of the TRENDnet home security cameras in the second week of January.

This vulnerability allows web users to access them without the need for a password.

It was discovered while the author of the blog post was exploring the TV-IP110w camera firmware using a tool called binwalk.

His study revealed that most of the cameras freely provided access to views of living rooms and offices.

Users became worried after noticing that they could get view their children’s bedrooms, according to BBC.

The company, releasing an updated firware on its website on 6 February, said it had recently gained awareness of an IP camera vulnerability common to many TRENDnet SecurView cameras.

"It is TRENDnet’s understanding that video from select TRENDnet IP cameras may be accessed online in real time. Upon awareness of the issue, TRENDnet initiated immediate actions to correct and publish updated firmware which resolves the vulnerability, "the company added.

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It also listed which of its SecurView Cameras bought between April of 2010 to the present may have a firmware vulnerability.

The company said that less than a thousand units in UK might have this vulnerability as against less than 50,000 worldwide.

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