Top 10 Security Stories From August 2019: SimpliSafe Hack, Jailed Installer & More

August’s most popular security news, features and events, featuring a camera installer sentenced to life in prison, surveillance feed hacks and more.

Top 10 Security Stories From August 2019: SimpliSafe Hack, Jailed Installer & More

Headlines in August featured some troublesome news for the security industry. This is an industry that is entrusted by its customers to keep them safe. However, we’ve seen a number of issues arise when it comes to safety and privacy.

A YouTuber revealed earlier this month how easy it is to bypass SimpliSafe contact sensors by using a $2 wireless emitter that can be found on Amazon.

The hack is possible because the DIY security system’s base communicates with its sensors on the 433.92MHz frequency, which is used by many other electronic consumer products. The system can be fooled by using the emitter the same time as opening a door or window (breaking the contact of the sensors).

While something like this would be more difficult to pull off on a professional security system, integrators have a different potential liability to worry about: unsecure IP cameras.

Researchers recently showed how easy it is to hack into an IP camera and replace its video feed (think Ocean’s Eleven).

The researchers exploited unencrypted protocols for video streaming to replace the camera’s real-time footage with pre-recorded content, highlighting the importance of following cybersecurity best practices.

A story out of Oklahoma will get people thinking twice the next time they let someone in to install security cameras. A man was arrested and sentenced to life in prison after secretly recording young girls and teens in their bedrooms and bathrooms for years.

You can read these stories and everything else that was popular in August by clicking here.

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Steven A. Karantzoulidis is the Web Editor for Security Sales & Integration. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Communication and has a background in Film, A/V and Social Media.

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