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Submission + - FTC Issues Warning About Buggy, Insecure Home Surveillance Gear (securityledger.com)

chicksdaddy writes: The Security Ledger reports that U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday made one of its strongest statements to date on the issue of consumer privacy in the fast-emerging market for “smart” electronics: settling a complaint with the maker of SecurView, a line of home surveillance cameras that, it turns out, were just as easily used to spy into the homes of SecurView customers.

In a statement (http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/09/trendnet.shtm), the FTC said that it settled a complaint against TRENDnet, which markets and sells SecurView. The FTC had charged the Torrance, California company with misrepresenting the security of its products and selling “faulty software that left (the cameras) open to online viewing” by anyone who knew the device’s IP address.

The complaint stems from a February, 2012 case in which the web site Console Cowboys published details (http://console-cowboys.blogspot.com/2012/01/trendnet-cameras-i-always-feel-like.html) on how a firmware flaw allowed authentication for Internet-connected SecurView cameras to be bypassed, giving any Internet user (with the know-how) the ability to view the surveillance camera’s live feed.

But the agency went beyond that, warning in its statement and accompanying blog posts that the problem of shoddy and insecure software extended beyond TrendNet.

"The Internet of Things holds great promise for innovative consumer products and services. But consumer privacy and security must remain a priority as companies develop more devices that connect to the Internet,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez in a statement.

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FTC Issues Warning About Buggy, Insecure Home Surveillance Gear

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