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FTC Charges D-Link With Unsecure Routers And IP Cameras

Federal Trade Commission voices concerns in US district court that D-Link products had put consumers' privacy at risk.

As part of its drive to ensure consumer protection in the Internet of Things, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint in a US district court against Taiwan-based D-Link and its US subsidiary for inadequate security in its routers and Internet Protocol cameras.

D-Link, which manufactures computer networking products, has been charged with not maintaining safety standards in its products, despite claims on its website to this effect.

“When manufacturers tell consumers that their equipment is secure, it’s critical that they take the necessary steps to make sure that’s true,” said FTC’s Jessica Rich.

The FTC charge voices concerns that hackers could exploit vulnerabilities in D-Link products, putting US consumers’ privacy at risk, including a compromise of confidential live video and audio feeds.

“Hackers are increasingly targeting consumer routers and IP cameras -- and the consequences for consumers can include device compromise and exposure of their sensitive personal information,” added Rich.

Read FTC release here.

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