US Army Base Specifies 70+ Outdated Hikvision Cameras (Cancelled)

By: John Honovich, Published on Feb 22, 2018

A US Army base has specified 70+ Hikvision IP cameras, a month after the WSJ reported a different Army base removed Hikvision IP cameras.

While this is a positive for the Chinese government-owned Hikvision's expansion into the US military, this raises security concerns. Moreover, US Army's Hikvision specifications are so low-end and outdated that it raises concerns about the security of the base.

In this note, we examine the specification and the issues involved.

[UPDATE March 2018: the RFP was canceled.]

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[****** ***** ****: *** RFP *** ********.]

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******: *** *** *** ******** ** ***** ***. *** **** has *** ********* *** ** *** ******** *** ** ** will ** **-***. ** ** **** ** ******* **** ***********, we **** ****** ***********.

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