Chinese cameras are cheap but easy to hack

With the Chinese market becoming huge in recent years, firms have been looking for ways to compete. One of those ways is by price. The challenge of finding cheap yet secure options has led to hundreds of thousands of devices being sold with this security flaw – a flaw that makes them vulnerable to hacking. This article shows how the problem was discovered.

The case

Chinese manufacturers are not known for being perfect in every way. This time, NeoCoolCam has run into a problem: experts have discovered a security flaw that could affect hundreds of thousands of devices sold.

The problem is that the code used to log into the IP camera’s control panel is flawed, allowing an attacker to bypass the authentication process. Full access cannot be gained, but enough privileges can redirect the camera image to their servers.

Did you know?

In August 2018, hackers found a way to break into unprotected IP cameras and watch the live feed. It has been reported that in total, as many as 36 million devices have been vulnerable to this security flaw.


Experts in IoT security have discovered a security flaw affecting hundreds of thousands of Internet Protocol (IP) cameras sold. The flaw, which was publicized by cybersecurity firm Rapid7, only affects certain cameras with the Induon-2 ID chip, and not all IP camera models have this chip.