Arecont and Bosch - Default Security Risk

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Dec 14, 2015

Default passwords are a major security risk, enabling hackers around the world to access and control devices like IP cameras (using Shodan, turning devices into bitcoin miners, etc.). Because of that, many manufacturers now force changing the default password and using strong passwords.

But two very well known manufacturers, Arecont and Bosch, continue to take the opposite, risky and irresponsible route.

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