"With the way of walking we can already control through a camera where people are at all times"

The National Police have arrested in Benidorm this Sunday a man accused of having accessed the domestic surveillance cameras of more than 70 families from different countries, which are placed in the rooms of children or babies to see what they are doing. In this way, the arrested man obtained up to a thousand recordings of naked minors, two of them in Spain. In ‘Hour 14 weekend’ we have spoken with Sergio Gallastegui, director of Code-Contract, a cybersecurity company, on how we must protect our devices to prevent someone outside accessing their cameras.

Is it easy to hack this type of camera?

Easy is relative, in the end I always say that there are different means and resources that you can find on the Internet to see how to hack this type of camera and the clearest point is that there are more and more digital cameras. For example, this week we saw that in Belgrade they had installed cameras throughout the city and we were able to know exactly where each user was moving, even for a while throughout the day, and not only by looking at their face, but also by their patterns. walking. With the way we walk, we can already know and control with the cameras where people are at all times.

Is there a way to find out if someone is accessing what our camera records?

There are different ways. Here we are going to talk about a more technical area, a little more advanced, in which it would be to be able to control what accesses another device has had to that camera. Because in the end each one has a unique identifier, which is an IP, and then there are other means with which we can limit a bit also for those who enter regularly, which can be by putting a password and the typical one, two, three, four is not worth . Or an example is simpler, it is like the one that Apple has done that has put little lights that is when it opens the microphone and the illuminated camera, which turns orange or green. It depends on the moment.

What can you do to make sure no one accesses them?

I can think of many ideas since what we can do is from blocking that they enter us from any direction, if they are very specific directions. You can also put passwords and the mythical one that we put many times the 1, 2, 3, 4 or ours is not valid because the security of those points is low. We have to control who accesses, we are going to verify who the user is who is going to see that device and the video, other than anyone. And there I believe that the key point is not the street user who has to do it, but rather we must demand from companies because they are our data, it is our security and we are hiring a service. We have to have that peace of mind that our information is safe, not just anyone can do it there.

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