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Comment Re:Is this really news?! (Score 1) 64

It's more likely "professionally" installed systems that are the problem. Most physical security companies have no freaking idea what they're doing on a network, even 10+ years after IP cameras were introduced. I should know, I clean up after them all the time at my own physical security company. Add that to all the problems that "Hackvision" (Hikvision) has had, and it's a recipe for disaster.

Comment Done before (Score 3, Informative) 27

This was done several years ago by another: see here.
The issue is that, even if you have the most secure, multi-factor biometric and smart card reader, it's still more than likely transmitting that data back to the access control panel via Wiegand, which is offers not even the slightest bit of security against interception, replay, etc. OSDP has been around for a while and offers encryption to at least combat this, but, honestly, nobody freaking cares, and the lack of industry adoption of OSDP reflects this. There's a dozen and a half easier ways to get into a building.

Comment Re:Hikvision (Score 1) 134

Hikvision and Dahua are the two big cheap Chinese names for CCTV. For the VMS, Milestone offers a free version of XProtect with a severely-limited feature set.

I'm assuming that this is just a few cameras for a home or small office, though. If it's anything more than that you really should have it done professionally. There's a lot of ways to improperly install a CCTV system.

Submission + - Linux kernel 4.1 Will be an LTS Release

prisoninmate writes: Linux Foundation’s LinuxLTSI (Long-Term Support Initiative) group has confirmed on Twitter that the next LTS version of the Linux kernel will be 4.1. The information has also been confirmed by Greg Kroah-Hartman, a renowned kernel developer who is currently maintaining several kernel branches, including a few LTS ones. Therefore, when Linux kernel 4.1 will be released, it will become the LTS version of 2015 and the most advanced long-term support release,

Comment Surprised? (Score 1) 1

As a physical security integrator, I can state with confidence that most physical security people are just like most HVAC installers in that they have no freaking idea what they're doing on a network. IP cameras came along and offered substantially higher resolution, easier transmission, PoE, and other benefits, and now you have a bunch of old-school alarm companies with little idea of what even an IP address is installing critical physical security devices with no consideration given to network security. Mark my words, this is going to be a huge problem.

Submission + - City CCTV networks vulnerable to cyberattacks ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Public CCTV and security surveillance networks are vulnerable to hacking attacks, according to recent findings from cybersecurity research group Kaspersky Lab. Designed to protect civilians from crime and terrorism, city video surveillance systems could easily be misused by third parties who exploit configuration flaws to access data recorded by the security cameras said Kaspersky. CCTV systems usually connect across a mesh network through which data travels along a series of nodes to a central control center. Kaspersky warned that the majority of camera systems use no encryption at all, or if encryption tools are employed they are not being used correctly. The cybersecurity firm underlined that this means that clear data is readily sent across the mesh network and freely available for anyone with access. Consequently if a hacker is able to gain access to a single node in a network, they would be able to observe and manipulate the data travelling through it, replacing real content with a fake recording for example.

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