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How A Critical Flaw In Samsung's SmartCam Security Cameras Could Allow Hackers To Spy On

By Cameron , Jan 18, 2017 08:21 PM EST
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Are privacy and security two of the must-have things in your life? Then you might want to stir away from Samsung's SmartCam. And if you already own one, read this article before deciding to continue or stop using it until Samsung gives it a good fix.

What About The SmartCam?

According to a written article at Mirror, a team of researchers (or ethical hackers) known as Exploitee.rs discovered an interesting yet critical flaw regarding Samsung's SmartCams. Because the Smartcam is part of Samsung's SmartThings range of devices which essentially allows the user to connect, manage and control smart devices in their homes using a smartphone or tablet, the team claims that hackers can tap into this and take complete control of the cameras.

Speaking of "taking complete control," hackers can actually turn the camera on remotely and adjust its settings. They can even change the administrator's password details which in return will give the hackers full access in the owner's account.

What was Samsung's Contingency Plan?

According to the researchers, they have already informed Samsung about this critical flaw they have discovered about the SmartCam. And in response, Samsung has shut down the direct web access to the cameras which now require users of the SmartCam to log-in into the Samsung SmartCloud website to be able to view a live feed from the device.

It's Not Over Yet

Despite this quick fix from Samsung, the team of researchers claims that this is not enough to prevent the hackers from coming in. According to them, there are still a set of coding scripts left behind the SmartCams that can still be traced up by hackers to gain access to the devices and take control remotely.

With that being said, Samsung has not yet replied to their comment. As of now, the researchers are waiting for Samsung's response and curious as to what Samsung's next plan of action will be to fix this critical flaw that can pose a serious threat to the safety of its users.

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