Home security systems – many of us have them because we believe they will help protect our families from criminals. Well now they seem to be the latest interest of hackers who are exploiting them in a really terrifying twist.
Hackers have been taking over home security cameras to scare and torment families. The FBI is saying these cyber-crooks are even sending police to unsuspecting family homes which is creating confusion and chaos that could be deadly.
Five steps you can take to prevent this from happening to you:
- Make sure your username and password are not been floated out on the dark web. If you have been part of a data breach, your information is most likely compromised.
- Search online at haveibeenpwned.com. Just plug in your usual username and if it comes up red, it’s time for a new username.
- Update your camera’s firmware
- Use a unique, lengthy, and complex password
- Use two-factor authentication
Creating emergencies that don’t exist
It’s called “swatting.” Where someone calls in a fake emergency to trick law enforcement officers into responding to another person’s address. It’s deceiving, it’s a harassment technique, and it can be a treacherous crime.
Hackers are breaking into home security cameras that are connected to the internet and then watching the swatting unfold in real-time. Hackers can even access camera speakers and are shouting profane and racist slurs at the police.
This is a major safety issue. Especially with Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner. It’s not just home security cameras that can be hacked. Any device that is connected to the internet, where hackers can take over and control the devices, is vulnerable – a doorbell camera, web camera, even smart toys.