Date
8 December 2016
Several popular US websites were disrupted on Friday as hackers launched a distributed denial-of-service attack using malware-infected devices connected to the internet. Photo: Bloomberg
Several popular US websites were disrupted on Friday as hackers launched a distributed denial-of-service attack using malware-infected devices connected to the internet. Photo: Bloomberg

China firm says its hijacked webcams used in cyber-attack

A China-based DVR and security camera maker said its products were hijacked by hackers involved in a huge cyber-attack on major internet sites in the US last Friday. 

Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co. said in a statement Sunday that the attackers, using malware known as Mirai, hijacked CCTV cameras made by the Chinese firm.

The company didn’t say how many of its products had been infiltrated, but it appears that all cameras made before September 2015 were potentially vulnerable, Bloomberg reports.

Xiongmai said products made before September 2015 ran on older firmware. It urged users to update their firmware and change their default usernames and passwords.

Friday’s cyber-attack, which took down sites such as Twitter, Spotify and CNN for long stretches, highlights the threat posed by the global proliferation of connected devices.

Hackers can marshal an increasing number of online gadgets, collectively known as the Internet of Things, to disrupt the internet on an unprecedented scale, Bloomberg noted. 

“Mirai is a huge disaster for the Internet of Things. XM have to admit that our products also suffered from hacker’s break-in and illegal use,” Xiongmai was quoted as saying. 

In Friday’s incident, hackers launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack using tens of millions of malware-infected devices connected to the internet.

The US Department of Homeland Security and other agencies are investigating the case but the perpetrators remain unknown.

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