The FBI has released a statement regarding pranksters taking over Internet-connected home security video devices in order to live-stream swatting incidents. Swatting is the practice of falsely reporting crimes at the victims’ residence in order to elicit a police response from law enforcement. By accessing the smart devices located at the victims’ residences, pranksters are able to live-stream the victims’ reactions. The FBI warns that threat actors have accessed the video devices via online portals by entering the victim’s commonly used passwords, often because the same password was used for some other service that was previously hacked and leaked on a criminal forum.
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