Trend Micro says it blocked five million cyber-attack attempts against internet protocol (IP) cameras during a five month period, further highlighting the risks impacting IP-based surveillance devices.
7,000 anonymously aggregated IP cameras were analysed by Trend Micro, with 75% brute force login attempts, showing a clear pattern of malicious attackers targeting IP surveillance devices with malware, such as Mirai variants.
“More verticals are seeking connected, AI-powered video surveillance applications causing a clear paradigm shift from a relatively closed-off network to a more interconnected network operated heavily by cloud-based technologies,” said Oscar Chang, executive vice-president and chief development officer for Trend Micro.
“Due to this shift in the landscape, manufacturers and users must pay attention to the security of these IoT devices.”
Dr Steve Ma, vice-president of engineering, Brand Business Group for VIVOTEK, said: “While the industry has known about cyber-risks, manufacturers have been unable to properly address the risk without knowing the root cause and attack methods.”
Trend Micro has suggested a shared responsibility model for all parties involved in video surveillance to help mitigate the potential impact of IoT-based threats, involving manufacturers, service providers system integrators and end users, with complete end-to-end protection and risk awareness key to a secured video system.