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Hacked CCTV cameras in DC before inauguration leave unanswered questions

The Washington, D.C., Police Department spotted hacked CCTV cameras before the inauguration and has remediated the ransomware, but questions still surround the attack.

Threat actors hacked CCTV cameras in Washington, D.C., before the presidential inauguration, but questions remain...

about the intent of the attack and the overall impact.

D.C. police first noticed issues with four cameras on Jan. 12 -- eight days before the inauguration -- and reported the problem to the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO). Officials told The Washington Post that ransomware had shut down 123 cameras in the city's network of 187 CCTV recorders. The hacked CCTV cameras were unavailable until Jan. 15.

Archana Vemulapalli, CTO for Washington, D.C., said the city did not pay ransom. Instead, OCTO workers went to each site -- which held as many as four cameras each -- and remediated the issue by taking the devices offline, removing all software and restarting the systems.

Vemulapalli told The Washington Post the attack was confined to the CCTV system and Brian Ebert, a Secret Service official, said the safety of the public was never in jeopardy.

There are still key questions left unanswered about this ransomware attack. The hacked CCTV cameras were said to cover public spaces around D.C., but it is unclear whether those were cameras used for traffic monitoring or cameras used for other surveillance reasons. The purposes of the cameras involved could be important because it is also unclear if the recorded data from the hacked CCTV cameras was exfiltrated or lost when resetting the systems.

Officials have declined to state how attackers were able to introduce the ransomware or if the ransomware directly affected operation of the hacked CCTV cameras or the systems that controlled them. It is also unknown how the CCTV sites are networked. And, Vemulapalli has not offered any potential motive for the attacks.

OCTO, the U.S. Secret Service and the Washington, D.C., Police Department did not respond to requests for comment at the time of this post.

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What protections do you use to avoid ransomware attacks like those that hacked CCTV cameras in D.C.?
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That is the question isn't it.  Before we could devise a layered approach. I believe we would need more information about the alleged camera's tactical purpose as CCTV as a whole.  It is a little unnerving this happened in a security-centric metro. 
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What brand of cameras where they? All from the same manufacturer? Are they looking at behavior? Have they defined BW limits for cameras? a lot of missing data.
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I don't think that the brand of the CCTV is part of the flaw. I'm not a programmer, but I read stuffs concerning cyber security. Google even though it scratches the index of searching could lead to something useful information. So, answering this hacked CCTV could be answered if we could think, what is the right question?
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The issue is of Hacking very common problem in technology. This issue can be taken care by NGFW firewall and END point protection. One have to understand the design of the CCTV network.
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