Tesla among firms hit after hackers target CCTV supplier

11 March 2021

A supplier of cloud-based security camera services is investigating after hackers reportedly gained access to over 150,000 of the company’s cameras in facilities belonging to clients including Tesla.

Bloomberg news reported that among the customers affected by the hacking of Verkada cameras were Cloudflare, Equinox gyms, hospitals, jails, schools and police stations.

Reuters named transport start-up Virgin Hyperloop among the list of impacted user accounts.

The attack reportedly involved the use of a “super admin” account to gain access to Verkada’s cameras.

A spokesperson for Verkada, a Silicon Valley security startup, told SM: “We have disabled all internal administrator accounts to prevent any unauthorised access.

“Our internal security team and external security firm are investigating the scale and scope of this issue, and we have notified law enforcement.”

Verkada added that it had also notified customers about the issue and provided a dedicated support line while its chief information security officer works with an internal team and an external security firm to investigate the incident.

Media reports said a hacker collective had gained access to Verkada cameras inside Halifax Health, a Florida hospital, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and Madison County Jail in Huntsville, Alabama.

The hacking group was also reportedly able to access customers’ financial information.

In February France's cybersecurity agency ANSSI said “several French entities” had been breached and a Russian hacker group was thought to be behind the attacks.

The agency said hackers linked to Russian military intelligence agency GRU had compromised the French software firm Centreon by installing two pieces of malware into clients’ networks.

In 2019 SM reported that hackers targeted key Airbus suppliers in a bid to gain access to the company’s secure data.

Security and industry sources confirmed the hackers targeted key suppliers to Airbus including Rolls-Royce and technology consultancy Expleo.

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