Cisco Settles False Claims Act Suit For Video Surveillance Vulnerabilities

By John Honovich, Published Aug 01, 2019, 11:54am EDT

Cisco entered the video surveillance market in 2007 and suffered for many years through a variety of its own errors and arrogance. The conclusion of that embarrassing error may have just now been reached as Cisco has paid an $8.6 million settlement for cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

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Inside this note, we examine:

  • The significance of this court case, settled after nearly a decade of secret litigation,
  • What Cisco did according to excerpts of the complaint
  • What this means for Cisco and the video surveillance industry including the benefits and risks of those who could use the 'False Claims Act' lawsuits against other manufacturers.

Case ********

******* (*** *********)*** ***** ** **** by * *************, ***** on ************* *************** ********** in **** *** **** Cisco *** *** *******,** *** *** *********, until ****. *** *************'* *********,******** & *****, **** that *** ************* *** $*.* ******* and *** "*** ** the *****, ** *** the *****, ***** ****** Act ***** ******* ********* cybersecurity ******".***** ********* ** **"* ******* ****** ** the ** ******* ********** and ** ****** *** products ********* ******* *****’* fiscal ***** **** *** 2013."

Excerpts **** ********* **** *****

*** ********* **** **** this ***** ******* **** an ******** ***** ****** with *****'* **** *** software *** ****** ** with ***** *** *** complaint ******** *** *** fix **:

** *** **** ** the ******, *** ************* worked ** ********* *******, per *** *********.

*** *************** **** ********* obvious, ********* ** *** complaint, ** *** ********* acknowledges **** *** **** needed ***** ********* *********:

*** *********, ****** ******** reasons, **** *** ****** what *** ****** ****, though **** ** ****, it ** ****** **** there **** **** ******* security ****** (**** ** mind, ** **** ******, ********* ******* **** being **** ********* ** ******** ******* password).

******** ** *** ***** VSOM *************** ********* *** user ****** **** ****** to *** ******:

** ******* ******* ** the ******* *****:

*** *********** ***** ** that ******** ******** ****** would *** **** ****** to ****** **** ***:

Cisco ********

*****,********** ** **** ** the **********, ****** ** ** the *****, ******:

*** ********* ** ***** suppliers *** ****** *** also ********... ** *****, what ****** ********** ** one ***** ** ****** meets *** ***** ** our ************ *****.

******* **** **** ****** was '**********' ** **** is ********* *********. *** fact **** ***** ***, even **** ** **** then, *** ****** ** networking, ***** ** **** harder ** ******.

******, ***** **** **** blame ** *********:

*** ******** *** ******* by *********, * ******* we ******** ** ****. Broadware ************* ******** ** open ************ ** ***** customized ******** ************ *** solutions ** ** ***********.

********* *** * ******** for ***** ** ****, many **** **** **** being *** ****** ******, as *** ********* ******** has **** ***** **** discontinued. ** ******, **** if *** ******** **** from *********, ***** ***** and **** **** *** many *****, ** *** responsibility ** ** ****.

False ****** ***

*** *** ***** ** ***** ****** act*** ************* *************** ** important. **** ******** ********** for ***** **** **** these ****** ** **** as *** ***** **** are ***** ** **** such ************* *****. *** example, *** *** **** that *** **** ******* ** ****** '************* practices ****'.

**** ************* ******** ****** increased *******, **** ***** be * ***** *** those ****** ** *** only **** *********** ***** (the ************* *** ******* $1.6 *******) *** ****** large ************.

Cisco ******

*** ****** ** ***** in ***** ************ ** likely ** ** *******. The ******** ***** ***** surveillance ******** ** *********** dead, **************** *** ***** '***** security' ******** ** ****. ***** ***** ** still ** *** ***** surveillance ******, **** ** through ******, ***** **** a ********** ********* *** unrelated ************ (******** ****** ***** ***/******* Tested).

Industry ******

***** *** **** **** be ***** **** ******** in ********. *** ****** a ****** **** ******* was ****** (*.*., *** public) ** ** *** being *********. ** ** is ********* ******** ***** lawsuits ******* ***** ************* are *******.

*** ***** *** ********* this *** ******** ** the ********** *****, ** could ******* ****** ** step ******* *** *** the ***** ****** ***.

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**** *** *** ********* Software **** **** ********. They **** **** ******** for *** ***.  *** leader *** *** **** is *** *** **** Puretec ***** ** ** the *** ***** ** Directors.

**** ****** ** * proven ******** ****** **** strengths ** ******* ********* direction, ******** *************, *** negotiating ******* *** ************. He *** *** ** BroadWare, ***** ********* ** platforms *** ******** *** integrating ******** ******** **** unified *********. ***** ******* BroadWare ** ***** ** 2007 **** ****** ** VP/General ******* ** *****’* Physical ******** ** ***** supplied ************, ****** *******, and ************* ******** ** the ******** ********. ***** to ********* ** ****** in * ******* ** CEO *** ********* ********** for ********* ** *** security *** **** *********** industries.

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***** ** **** ****** today? *******.*** ******** ********** *** **** ******* in * ***** ***** saying "* ** ********* ****** some **** *** ****** starting ** **** *******"

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***** ** **** ****** today?

********* ** *** ***** :)

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******* ********* ** * cop-out. **** ****** *** due *********, *** ******* to **** **** *** turd *******. ***** *** US ** * ********* litigation **** (** ******** if ***'** * ****** I *****), ** ***** pretty ********* ** **** the *******.

**** ** *** ** "win", * ****** *** lawyers ** **** *** lions *****, ***** *** whistleblower ******* *** **** of ********* *******-********** ** order ** ***** *** into **********.

* ***'* ****** **'** see **** ** **** in *** *** *****.

********... ***** * ****** give ** ******** & Mr ***** * **** :)

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***** *** ** ** a ********* ********** ****

***** ***** *** ********* reasons ** ********* *** US ***** ******, **** seems ** ******* ** a **** ***. ***** did ***** ** ** failing ** *** **** and *** *** ******* some ****** ** ********** (the ***** ** ******* but *** ****** ********* impact ** ***). ***********, it ****** **** ******* further ********** *** ************* to ******** *** ******.

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**** ************* ******** ****** increased *******, **** ***** be * ***** *** those ****** ** *** only **** *********** ***** (the ************* *** ******* $1.6 *******)...

* ** *********** * career ****** ** ‘*************’...

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* ********* ******** ******** a *** ** ***** software *** *** ***** for **?  ********* ***** someone **** ****?

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**, ** *** ***** when ** ****** ** NetDesign, * '****** ******* services ********". *****, ** went ** **** *** Milestone *** ** *** during **** ****, *** suit *** *****.

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**** *** *** ********** terrible. *****'* ******* ** it *** ******* ** bad. ****, ***** ** a ****** ** **** I ***** ******** ** years *** ********* *** terrible ** ***.

****:***** ************ ******** - Case *****

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** ** ***** ****** for ***** ** *** $10,000,000 ******* ** ******* !!! *** **** ***** the ******* ** ************.

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