Security-camera flaw compromised consumers’ home-monitoring feeds

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Federal Trade Commission says a security-camera company failed to protect customers from hackers who intercepted private home-monitoring feeds and broadcast the feeds live on the Internet.

FTC’s complaint alleges that security-camera company TrendNet failed to test the privacy software of its SecurView cameras and continued to market them as being secure. As a result, 700 customers who used the cameras to monitor their homes remotely via computers and mobile devices were hacked in January 2012, FTC says.

Since then, TrendNet has notified customers about how they can update their camera’s security software via a repair program that can be downloaded from the company’s website.

In addition, FTC says TrendNet must have a third party test the company’s security programs every 2 years for the next 20 years.

Consumers Digest reported on the latest home-security systems in "On Guard: Next-Generation Security Systems."