Smart camera and baby monitor warning given by UK’s cyber-defender

This is mainstream news in the UK today. If only the ‘change the default password’ message gets through that will be great…:

Smart cameras and baby monitors can be watched by criminals over the internet by default, security chiefs warn.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is advising people to tweak the settings after buying them.

Easy-to-guess default passwords might let a hacker secretly observe a home through connected devices, it said.

The NCSC’s technical director, Dr Ian Levy, warned while the devices were “fantastic innovations”, they were vulnerable to cyber-attackers.

There are many examples of devices being accessed without permission.

In one, the attacker spoke to a young girl, pretending to be Father Christmas.

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Original article here