Cisco Settles False Claims Act Suit For Video Surveillance Vulnerabilities

By John Honovich, Published on Aug 01, 2019

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 ********

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

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** *** **** ** 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 ************ *****.

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

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

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False ****** ***

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

Cisco ******

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Industry ******

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

Comments (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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