Hackers are reportedly gaining access to Hikvision cameras through the company’s mobile app and have used the feeds to sell child pornography on social media.
An investigation by IPVM, a surveillance industry trade publication, revealed that some hackers were using the company’s Hik-Connect app to distribute child pornography on Telegram, the publication reported last week.
The investigation found several sales offers of nude videos on the platform, including some labeled “cp” (child porn), “kids room,” “family room,” “bedroom of a young girl” and “gynecological office.”
Hikvision cameras were hacked and images from the cameras were sold online. (CyberGuy)
Some of the offerings included cameras labeled “family home, sometimes a young daughter,” “family, bedroom of a young girl,” “big house, young family, beautiful mom, wardrobe,” “big family, cameras around the house, rooms of parents, brothers and sisters,” “room of two sisters,” “2 cameras in an Asian girl’s room,” “women’s section, gynecological office,” “wardrobe in a big house,” “single nursing mother,” “cosmetic procedures,” “beauty salon,” “men’s locker room in the gym,” “women’s locker room in the fitness center” and “VIP booths in a strip club.”
According to IPVM, the publication “promptly contacted” the FBI once it learned its investigation into the hacks involved child pornography while Hikvision accused the outlet of attempting to “damage our business.”
“We are doing everything we can to help. Additionally, we regularly upgrade our software as part of our ongoing commitment to delivering the safest, most reliable products and to detect and address any potential vulnerabilities.”