Hackers allegedly hacked Tesla and other companies’ cameras. Security researchers claimed that more than 150,000 cams were affected by the massive online attack.
Various authorities confirmed that the hackers were able to breach the video surveillance services company Verdaka on Monday, Feb. 8. Experts explained that these cybercriminals accessed the tech firm’s Super Admin account, which later allowed them to open thousands of live feeds. These include video archives from Verdaka’s customers.
On the other hand, the cameras that the hackers breached exposed organizations included jails, schools, and hospitals such as the Madison County Jail in Huntsville, Alabama, and Sandy Hook Elementary School. Aside from these, giant manufacturers were also affected. These include Cloudflare and Tesla.
Authorities said that the hackers’ act is currently alarming since more than 100 Verkada employees had access to thousands of customers’ streams. Tillie Kottman, a hacker who claimed responsibility for the breach, said in a Mastodon post on Friday that officials raided their apartment in Lucerne, Switzerland, and confiscated their electronic devices. The search warrant was apparently related to an alleged hack from last year and not the Verkada breach.
Hackers made a really alarming issue
According to the FBI (The Federal Bureau of Investigation), what the hackers did is really alarming since it could allow other malicious attackers to use the faces on the leaked videos to make various deepfakes or synthetic content. They can use these fake images and videos to do some malicious acts to steal money from different bank accounts or create a panic that the public will easily believe. They could even use these deepfakes to start a war against two countries if their special effects are really believable.
FBI authorities said that the “malicious actors almost certainly will leverage synthetic content for
cyber and foreign influence operations in the next 12-18 months.” Because of this, the security agency is carefully investigating the current case to catch the online attackers as soon as possible.
On the other hand, the FBI added that deepfakes should be taken seriously since they are “synthetic content as the broad spectrum of generated or manipulated digital content, which includes images, video, audio, and text. While traditional techniques like Photoshop can be used to create synthetic content, this report highlights techniques based on artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) technologies. These techniques are known popularly as deepfakes or GANs (generative adversarial networks).
Security researchers and other experts working with the FBI also said that various online attackers are already using deepfakes in their campaigns and that adoption will only rise among nation state and criminal actors. Such manipulated materials could be used in targeted spearphishing attacks or for social engineering. The alert specifically notes that Chinese and Russian actors are already actively deploying deepfakes. Right now, it is expected that cybercriminals will still evolve and develop new ways or methods to breach various systems of government agencies, tech giant manufacturers, as well as businesses.
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