Researchers Hack Into Corporate Conference Rooms
The researchers were able to listen in on meetings and control a camera remotely to read information on documents.
According to The New York Times, Rapid7 researchers HD Moore and Mike Tuchen recently found that they could remotely access videoconferencing systems in conference rooms at leading companies -- including the boardroom of Goldman Sachs.
"Moore found he was able to listen in on meetings, remotely steer a camera around rooms as well as zoom in on items in a room to discern paint flecks on a wall or read proprietary information on documents," writes Wired's Kim Zetter.
"Despite the fact that the most expensive systems offer encryption, password protection and the ability to lock down the movement of cameras, the researchers found that administrators were setting them up outside firewalls and failing to configure security features to keep out intruders," Zetter writes. "Some systems, for example, were set up to automatically accept inbound calls so that users didn’t need to press an 'accept' button when a caller dialed into a videoconference, opening the way for anyone to call in and eavesdrop on a meeting."
Go to "I Spy Your Company’s Boardroom" to read the details.
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