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This is Why People Fear the ‘Internet of Things’ — Krebs on Security
But the bigger issue with these P2P -based cameras is that while the user interface for the camera has a setting to disable P2P traffic (it is enabled by default), Foscam admits that disabling the P2P option doesn’t actually do anything to stop the device from seeking out other P2P hosts online (see screenshot below).

This is a concern because the P2P function built into Foscam P2P cameras is designed to punch through firewalls and can’t be switched off without applying a firmware update plus an additional patch that the company only released after repeated pleas from users on its support forum.
krebs  iot  networking  configuration_fail  Foscam  camera 
february 2016 by wck
This is Why People Fear the ‘Internet of Things’
Ugh. This is a security nightmare. Nice work Foscam...
Imagine buying an internet-enabled surveillance camera, network attached storage device, or home automation gizmo, only to find that it secretly and constantly phones home to a vast peer-to-peer (P2P) network run by the Chinese manufacturer of the hardware. Now imagine that the geek gear you bought doesn’t actually let you block this P2P communication without some serious networking expertise or hardware surgery that few users would attempt. This is the nightmare “Internet of Things” (IoT) scenario for any system administrator: The IP cameras that you bought to secure your physical space suddenly turn into a vast cloud network designed to share your pictures and videos far and wide. The best part? It’s all plug-and-play, no configuration necessary!
foscam  cameras  iot  security  networking  p2p 
february 2016 by jm
Stranger hacks family's baby monitor and talks to child at night  | SF Globe
family living in Washington is speaking out about the horrors they experienced while operating a baby monitor inside their 3-year-old son's bedroom. The couple Jay and Sarah were alarmed to discover that a stranger had hacked into their baby monitor and was spying on their toddler, sometimes speaking disturbing messages into the device, as CBS News describes. 
inter  babymonitor  security  critique  Foscam  SFGate  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral

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