Tesla’s internal surveillance was hacked

March 10, 2021

Tesla, Public agencies like prison, police departments, hospitals, schools, and many other companies’ internal surveillance cameras were hacked by breaching the network of security-camera vendor Verkada Inc.,

Tillie Kottman said that they found the username and password for an administrator account publicly on the internet which enable them to access to Verkada Security Cameras through a “Super Admin” account, to see all of their customer’s cameras.

Overall 150,000 Verkada camera feeds were accessed by the hacker group which includes 222 cameras in Tesla factories and warehouses in Shangai, where workers were working on an assembly line. Tillie Kottmann, one of the hackers, states as their reason for hacking, as “lots of curiosity, fighting for Freedom of information and against intellectual property, a huge dose of anti-capitalism, a hint of anarchism – and it’s also just too much fun not to do it”. Tillie Kottmann added further, they found the username and password for a Verkada administrative account on the internet which was enabling them to access the footages.

Tesla’s internal surveillance was hacked
Source – Bloomberg – A Tesla facility seen through a Verkada camera. Tillie Kottmann

Consequently, Verkada has disabled all internal administrator accounts to prevent any unauthorized access and investigating it by their internal team and external security firm. Also, it has notified the law enforcement and customers and setup a support line to address questions, said the chief security office of Verkada.

Tesla’s internal surveillance was hacked
Source – Bloomberg – Madison County Jail seen through a Verkada camera.Tillie Kottmann

Cloudfare inc, were also admitted that they were alerted on the breach of the Verkada security camera that monitors main entry points and main thoroughfares in some of the Cloudfare offices have been compromised. Hackers admitted that they also had the access to the security camera of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed more than 20 people in 2012 along with the 330-security camera inside the Madison County Jail in Huntsville, Alabama.

Hackers were able to access the live feeds, archived video & audio, all in the high-definition resolution. They also had the access of luxury gym chain, Equinox, and Wadley Reginal Medical Center, a hospital in Texarkana, Texas.

Most of the companies did not respond to the request for comment which includes public agencies such as police departments and prison also.

Verkada, founded in 2016, raised $80 million in January 2020 and valuing the company at $1.6 billion.