Settlement reached over hacked cameras

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A marketer of Internet-connected home security video cameras -- designed to allow consumers to monitor their homes remotely -- reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over charges of shoddy security practices that allowed the private lives of hundreds of customers to be shown on the Internet.

The FTC alleged that Trendnet, which marketed its SecurView cameras for a range of purposes from home security to baby monitoring, used faulty software that left people's homes open to online viewing, and in some cases listening, by anyone with a camera's Internet address.

Although the company marketed its systems as secure, it failed to take reasonable steps to make them secure, the FTC said.

As a result, hackers posted live feeds of nearly 700 of the cameras, the agency said.

Once Trendnet learned of the flaw, it uploaded a software patch to its website and sought to alert customers about the need to update their cameras, the FTC said.

Under the settlement, Trendnet is prohibited from misrepresenting the security of its products. It also must establish a program designed to address security risks, and obtain third-party assessments of its security programs every two years for the next 20 years.

The settlement also requires Trendnet to notify customers about the security issue and the availability of software to correct it, including free technical support.

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Patricia Sabatini: psabatini@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3066.


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