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Hackers claim they’ve gained access to surveillance cameras in Australian childcare centres, schools and aged care

by | Mar 11, 2021 | News & Updates

A group of hackers claims to have breached a popular surveillance company and gained access to a database of live feeds from thousands of cameras around the world, including Australian childcare centres, schools and aged care residential facilities.

The cameras, sold by Silicon Valley company Verkada, have the capacity for facial recognition, including the ability of recognizing particular people across multiple points of time or filtering individuals based on their gender or the colour of their clothes.

The company said in a statement that they had reported to the law enforcement agencies about the attack and that their security teams were investigating the scale and scope of the issue.

The group of hackers who claimed to have carried out the attack said that their purpose for breaking into the company’s system was to draw attention to the widespread use of surveillance cameras, and the ease by which outsiders can gain access to these systems.

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