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D-Link Calls The FTC's Router And IP Camera Security Allegations 'Baseless'


NewsHubNetworking vendor D-Link, which this week was sued by the U. S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over alleged security issues in its routers and IP cameras, blasted the FTC for insinuating potential security issues rather than pointing out specific instances where customer privacy was breached.
The FTC filed a complaint in the Northern District of California on Thursday which charged Taiwan-based D-Link and D-Link Systems, its Fountain Valley, Calif.-based U. S. subsidiary, with failing to take “reasonable steps to secure its routers and Internet Protocol (IP) cameras” and possibly compromising sensitive consumer information “including live video and audio feeds from D-Link IP cameras. ”
According to the FTC, D-Link failed to take steps to address “well-known and easily preventable security flaws. ” Among the alleged missteps were hard-coding the username “guest” and password “guest” into some products, allowing a software flaw that could let unauthorized users take control of routers, making a private key code for the D-Link software openly available on a public website for six months, and leaving users’ login credentials for the company’s mobile app unsecured.
[Related: FTC Files Complaint Against D-Link Over Router, Camera Security Issues ]
D-Link was unable to provide a company executive to discuss the FTC action, citing executive travel schedules related to CES 2017.
In a prepared statement, D-Link Systems said it rejects the FTC’s allegations and firmly believes it has “more than reasonable” security processes and procedures including procedures to address potential security issues, which the company said exist in all of its internet of things (IoT) devices.

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