Why Surveillance Pros Rationally Won't Care About The Massive Dahua Mirai Attack

Author: Brian Karas, Published on Oct 05, 2016

The physical security industry has been fairly indifferent to cyber security (e.g., see the Cyber Security For Video Surveillance Study).

Here, we explain why most video surveillance integrators will not care about the massive Dahua attack, even if they understand it, and its effects.

We look at what led to the existence of Mirai, and why they would rationally be indifferent.

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