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.

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****** **** ****, ** examine:

  • *** ************ ** **** court ****, ******* ***** nearly * ****** ** secret **********,
  • **** ***** *** ********* to ******** ** *** complaint
  • **** **** ***** *** Cisco *** *** ***** surveillance ******** ********* *** benefits *** ***** ** those *** ***** *** the '***** ****** ***' lawsuits ******* ***** *************.

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Case ********

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

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

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

Cisco ********

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

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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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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