Guardzilla Denies Cybersecurity Accusations

Guardzilla denied accusations from 0DayAllDay that their cameras are easily hackable. 0DayAllDay, a security research group based in Dallas, had reported that every Guardzilla camera contains hardcoded keys that hackers can extract easily, as they’re protected by an outdated algorithm. Furthermore, they posited that each Guardzilla device uses the exact same keys to upload their footage to Amazon Web Services’ cloud storage. Once hackers have obtained the keys, they can gain access to all of users’ cloud storage as well as any customer data uploaded on the device, 0DayAllDay concluded.

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Guardzilla All-In-One HD Security Camera. Photo provided by Guardzilla

In their report, the researchers explained how it only took them three hours to decrypt Guardzilla’s firmware. The Guardzilla devices are insecure due to their use of hardcoding keys, a common practice of lower-cost connected devices, 0DayAllDay concluded.

In an email to Security Baron, a representative from Guardzilla wrote that 0DayAllDay’s report was “erroneous and misleading.” The report mistook list access for full access, ignoring all AWS S3 internal security protocols, Guardzilla wrote. They confirmed that there was no “unauthorized access to our customer’s video files.” In addition, Guardzilla is currently changing their access keys, which the report published. To further ensure the cybersecurity of their cameras, Guardzilla had RSM McGladrey, a technology audit firm, retrace the steps taken in the report to hack the video files. RSM McGladrey confirmed that the videos cannot be accessed in the ways that 0DayAllDay claim. Although representatives for 0DayAllDay claim that they originally told Guardzilla about the report in September, Guardzilla denies receiving the report.

We zealously protect our reputation and are in the process of responding to all involved parties,”

wrote Team Guardzilla in their email to Security Baron. Guardzilla products are currently available on their website as well as in major retailers such as Best Buy, Staples, and Amazon.

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Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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