Monday October 24, 2016

Webcam Maker To Recall Products Linked To Massive DDoS Attack

As bad as this may sound, I am surprised that a Chinese company would issue a recall because their products were used in last week's massive DDoS attacks. Kudos to them for not ignoring the problem and carrying on with business as usual.

Chinese firm Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co Ltd announced the recall of all products آ— primarily webcams آ— that contain circuit boards or components from the company that were sold in the U.S. after they were identified as having a part in the recent attack. The company says it will recall some webcams, send users updates for products made before April, and strengthen password functions to lessen the chance the devices will be used as an avenue for future hack attacks. According to Xiongmai, security researchers believe that easy-to-guess default passwords for the devices aided hackers in the massive web attacks on Friday.