Hanwha / Kaspersky Vulnerability Dispute Examined

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Mar 29, 2018

IT media ran numerous reports in the past month featuring two prominent companies - Hanwha (previously part of mega manufacturer Samsung) Techwin who sells significant numbers of consumer security cameras and Kaspersky, most known for last year's Russia controversy (e.g., Russia Has Turned Kaspersky Software Into Tool for Spying).

This story was about Kaspersky reporting vulnerabilities in Hanwha's consumer cameras (i.e., Smart eye: Kaspersky Lab discovers severe flaws that could transform smart cameras into surveillance tool) which was reported widely including CNET's Your smart camera may have been spying on you).

However, as we examined this and talked with both parties, there was a significant number of conflicting issues raised about the severity of the vulnerabilities. In this note, we share feedback provided, examining the issues involved.

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