Date Published: 24th October 2016

Chinese electronics firm Hangzhou Xiongmai has issued a recall of its webcams in the US, after some were identified as aiding massive cyber attacks. 


Home webcams were hijacked to help knock some websites offline, including popular sites Reddit, Twitter and Spotify.


Security experts believe the hijacking was caused to some users still having the easy-to-guess default passwords that came with Xiongmai webcams.


In a statement, Hangzhou Xiongmai said hackers were able to take over the cameras because users had not changed the devices’ default passwords. Following the cyber attack, the company have pledged to improve the way it uses passwords on its products and will send customers a software patch to harden devices against attack.

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