Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Remote Code Execution in CCTV-DVR affecting over 70 different vendors

This post is going to be a follow up from a research which dates back to December 2014, called "The Backoff POS Trojan operation". Back then, one of the key conclusions highlighted from the report is that fraudsters are adopting new tactics in order to attack retailers. This new attack vector is to compromise DVR boxes, which is the heart component of any CCTV system. This was allowing them to achieve two goals at once-
  1. Verify a targeted host actually belongs to a retailer.
  2. Get a foothold inside the local network, one step closer to the POS station.

Surveillance cameras, the first line of security in the physical world, are the virtual's weakest link?This sparks an amusing irony. When the old fashion thieves used to physically break into stores, on their way to the cashier they had to try and avoid or neutralize any surveillance equipment. The digital thieves are entering the store through them. Truly Hollywood  material.