wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Hackers breach thousands of cameras used by Tesla, schools, jails and prisons: Report

surveillance, cctv

Silicon Valley startup Verkada Inc, a closed-circuit TV and camera management platform, was hacked by a group of hackers, revealing thousands of hours of footage from over 150,000 surveillance cameras, Bloomberg reported. Some of the company's clients, which includes hospitals, companies, police departments, prisons and schools, were using a facial-recognition tool to track and monitor their employee's behaviour among other things. Verkada provided its services to companies like Tesla, Cloudfare, Halifax Health and Madison County Jail in Alabama, all of whose camera feeds were compromised as part of the hack. The hackers claim to have access to the entire video archive belonging to all of Verkada's clients. They said that the intention of the hack was to see how pervasive video surveillance is and the ease with which these systems could be compromised. The hackers found that Verkada had implemented a facial-recognition technology, which in the case of hospitals is used to identify and categorise people. AI tools to monitor and analyse behavior According to a blogpost by Verkada, one of the tools it offers clients' is called 'People Analytics' through which they clients can "search and filter based on many different attributes, including gender traits, clothing color, and even a person’s face". The report said that some of the cameras with facial-recognition technology inside the jail, in order to track inmates and correctional staff, were hidden inside vents, thermostats and defibrillators. While Verkada's clients may have requested for such technology to be integrated as part of their camera services,…

Please subscribe/login to read the full story.
Written By

Reports on banking, payments, fintech and crypto-curencies. Additional reporting on media regulations, data protection and other areas.

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

India's smartphone operating system BharOS has received much buzz in the media lately, but does it really merit this attention?

News

After using the Mapples app as his default navigation app for a week, Sarvesh draws a comparison between Google Maps and Mapples

News

In the case of the ‘deemed consent' provision in the draft data protection law, brevity comes at the cost of clarity and user protection

News

The regulatory ambivalence around an instrument so essential to facilitate data exchange – the CM framework – is disconcerting for several reasons.

News

The provisions around grievance redressal in the Data Protection Bill "stands to be dangerously sparse and nugatory on various counts."

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ