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Notice on the Discontinuation of iVMS-4500 Software and HiDDNS Service

Notice From HIKVISIONhttps://www.hikvision.com/sg/support/document-center/notice/notice-on-the-discontinuation-of-ivms-4500-software-and-hiddns-service/ Dear customer, Thank you for your long-term support to Hikvision. Hikvision plans to discontinue the iVMS-4500 software and HiDDNS service from February 15, 2022. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to you. The impact of the service discontinuation: the www.hiddns.com website will be closed. The HiDDNS domain service cannot be used. […]

Cloud Platform – Is it secure ?

For CCTV system that are solely relying on Cloud Platform, there’s no other way for users to mitigate various security issues that’s inherent with every network connected devices. You are not able to limit access vie firewall settings, vpn configuration, whitelist/blacklist of geographical locality for access, etc. The security vendor controls the whole platform and […]

What are MJPEG, H.264 and H.265 in CCTV ?

MJPEG, H.264 and H.265 are the 3 common methods that CCTV system records and store video. The same/similar methods are used by various other video streaming services, e.g. YouTube, Netflix to store/stream video to users as well. History When Type For Compression 1992 JPEG Picture Good Mid 1990’s MJPEG Video (VCD) Bad 1995 MPEG-2 Video […]

6 Steps to Secure your CCTV Systems

Internet Enabled Security Cameras Systems with poorly configured security and vulnerable firmware like any other internet connected devices, will be susceptible to unauthorised access. “Security cameras in Singapore homes have been hacked, with the footage stolen and shared online.” https://www.asiaone.com/singapore/footage-50000-home-cameras-hacked-and-sold-porn-sites What can you do to protect your internet connected CCTV cameras ? Change the password […]

Mandatory Workplace Closure (7 April – 4 May 2020)

SINGAPORE: All workplaces except for those providing essential services and those able to operate remotely will be suspended from Apr 7 to May 4 during a month-long “circuit breaker” campaign to curb further spread of COVID-19, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Friday (Apr 3). https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid19-workplaces-close-april-one-month-12606684 Lakson Technology will be complying with the necessary government safe […]

Fixing AVTECH Firmware Issues

Older AVTECH Equipments manufactured prior to 2016 can be hacked or infected with malware due to vulnerabilities in their firmware. (Read more) As they are discontinued models, AVTECH will not release any updated firmware to fix these issues. So what can you do ? 1. Replace the Equipment. As there’s no longer any permanent fix […]

BOTnet by EliteLands Puts Thousands of AVTECH Devices at Risk (2018)

An exploit for AVTech DVR, NVR and IP Cameras was discovered in October 2016 after the released of an advisory by Security Evaluation Analysis and Research Laboratory. (https://www.search-lab.hu/advisories/126-avtech-devices-multiple-vulnerabilities) 14 Vulnerabilities was discovered in firmware of AVTECH DVR, NVR, IP Cameras and other devices of the AVTECH CCTV manufacturer. These vulnerabilities include Plaintext Storage of Administrative […]