Cyber Authority: 66,000 CCTV units in Israel can be hacked easily

'Change your passwords,' says INCD amid concern over hacking attempts targeting security cameras

 CCTV security street camera (Illustrative) (photo credit: STOCKVAULT)
CCTV security street camera (Illustrative)
(photo credit: STOCKVAULT)

The Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD) announced on Tuesday that there are 66,000 CCTV units in the country which can be easily hacked.

According to a statement by INCD, these units, which are designed to provide physical security, mostly still are using their original default passwords which are commonly known by the general public.

The authority said that it is crucial for individuals, businesses and educational facilities using video cameras for security to update and change their passwords as well as to take several other measures to avoid getting hacked.

More specifically, INCD said that it has received increasing reports from CCTV users of having been hacked.

Based on this increased trend, INCD decided it was critical to put out a special and targeted warning on the issue to the public.

 A security camera seen overlooking the West Bank city of Hebron. January 15, 2013 (credit: NATI SHOHAT/FLASH90) A security camera seen overlooking the West Bank city of Hebron. January 15, 2013 (credit: NATI SHOHAT/FLASH90)