State Settles With Company For Video Camera Hacking Vulnerability

Surveillance camera. (File photo)
Surveillance camera. (File photo)

TRENTON – A company that sold video surveillance systems vulnerable to hacking has settled with states, including New Jersey, for $6 million.

Cisco Systems Inc., out of California, has since corrected the defects in its Video Surveillance Manager suite of products. However, they were aware of the problem back in 2008 or earlier, but didn’t resolve those issues until after a lawsuit was filed in 2011 and finally remedied in 2013.

“Unauthorized users” were able to access surveillance cameras. In New Jersey, these hackers had access to cameras in school districts, universities and other places, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said. However, there was no evidence the system ever was hacked.

The state will receive $143,000 of that $6 million settlement.