A quiet and peaceful home is a sign that everything is going well, and that is exactly what people expect when they incorporate a security camera. The calm is attractive, but nevertheless, there is a hidden risk that lurks, one that is difficult to notice even after it has happened: this happens if you have hacked security cameras.
We mean when your security camera has been hacked, or what is the same, when hackers gain unauthorized access to indoor cameras with the consequent fright that entails.
We have contacted a former "hacker" turned security expert to ask why these attacks are happening. We also talk to engineers who have worked on a mechanical privacy system, all to have a clearer idea of what should be done to restore confidence in the security of the cameras
You've been hacked? How to know? These are the most common symptoms.
Sounds or strange voices
If the hackers deliberately want to make their presence known, they will speak through your camera using your two-way communication function. Most cameras offer this feature, which allows people to chat with who is at home, but you will instantly know that something is wrong when you start hearing strange sounds, or even voices trying to start a conversation.
Keep in mind that it can be a small beep nothing more.
LED light is on
As a precaution, indoor cameras usually have an LED light to indicate that someone is actively accessing the camera remotely. Seeing the LED light on is a clear indication that the camera is accessed, and an important visual element to maintain privacy.
Panormica or inclination
While most of the indoor cameras are static and offer wide-angle lenses that cover a good amount of space, there are some that offer a certain degree of articulation. The Foscam Z2 is an example that offers turn and tilt functions, allowing users to adjust the camera for an optimal view of the home.
If you see any movement, you should be cautious because it is another obvious way to know if your camera has been hacked. Since these cameras are articulated, there may be a sound that accompanies the movement, which will give you an audible alert that something is happening.
Your account password has changed
When you set up a security camera for the first time, you are usually asked to set up a new account with the service. When you unexpectedly realize that the application does not start the session, it is an indication that your camera is being hacked. You may receive an email asking you to change your password, although this is not always the case.
Most companies add another level of security by forcing users to change their passwords after a period of time, but if you can't remember doing it yourself, someone else did it for you.
Increase in data consumption
Access to a live broadcast of a camera requires a good amount of data to transmit, and is another way of knowing if it has been compromised. One way to determine this is by using the advanced tracking and security features of your router. For example, the Xfinity xFi gateway has its own built-in security that monitors the data traffic of all connected devices in the home.
If your camera is transferring a substantial amount of data, it is a key indicator that something is not right, especially if it is transmitting data at a time when you know you are not accessing it. Not only will some routers and gateways monitor data traffic, but some will even indicate the hours during the day when there are peaks.
Login history with the application
Some home security cameras have applications that allow you to verify the login history of your account. This may shed some light on who may be obtaining unauthorized access to your camera.
The manufacturer of security systems, SimpliSafe, offers another level of security with a record of the history of devices accessed in your application. Each time the application session starts with the correct user information and password, SimpliSafe stores that particular device in the history log, which details the device, the date and the time it was last used. Naturally, if you see a suspicious team in the registry, it is an indication that it has been hacked.
Unfortunately, the decision to place a security camera inside your home, despite its benefits, also exposes you to a new attack. To make matters worse, companies behind smart home security cameras often do not prioritize security.
Surveillance is often your only resource. If your security camera behaves strangely, take note. It may not be anything. It could also be a sign that your camera has been hacked.