Cisco ‘Knowingly’ Sold Hackable Video Surveillance System to U.S. Government

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Cisco ‘Knowingly’ Sold Hackable Video Surveillance System to U.S. Government | #TpromoCom #Hacker #VideoSurveillance #Legal | Cisco Systems has agreed to pay $8.6 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of knowingly selling video surveillance system containing severe security vulnerabilities to the U.S. federal and state government agencies.

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The lawsuit began eight years ago, in the year 2011, when Cisco subcontractor turned whistleblower, James Glenn, accused Cisco of continue selling a video surveillance technology to federal agencies even after knowing that the software was vulnerable to multiple security flaws.

According to the court documents seen by The Hacker News, Glenn and one of his colleagues discovered multiple vulnerabilities in Cisco Video Surveillance Manager (VSM) suite in September 2008 and tried to report them to the company in October 2008. (click here)

Allan B. Colombo, Tech Writer
Allan B. Colombo, Tech Writer
Editor’s Note: For many years, I sought to warn security dealers of the risks of using specific brands recently named by the U.S. Government as being off limits to all federal applications. At the time, as the administrator with the CCTV Security Technicians Forum on Facebook, many members suggested that this only pertains to government use, which is correct, so they were going to continue selling those specific brands. My message to all dealers now as it was then, is that in the end analysis, if a CCTV system you sold and installed is hacked, and you knowingly sold it to the client, you could possibly be susceptible to legal action on the part of the client. –Al Colombo

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The Memoreyes Video Safety System Prevents Crimes

The Memoreyes Video Safety System Prevents Crimes | #Memoreyes #CrimePrevention #Safety #SituationalAwareness | Memoreyes™, the Video Safety System that thinks and acts like a human, fights crime by being aware of its surroundings.

“I like to call it SAT, which is an acronym for Situationally Aware Technology,” says John Collings, founder and CEO, Memoreyes of Atlanta. “The system uses artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor the environment and to then deter unwanted behavior when necessary. Our system not only detects and documents events at high resolution for future use, but it’s designed to see the right thing at the right time.”

The underlying premise behind the Memoreyes system is SAT, and that’s achieved through the use of a highly effective sensor package comprised of thermal imaging, radar, and sound. In a word, it enables the AI portion of the system, which is called ‘The Director,’ to literally see a 360-degree area. In fact, the Memoreyes system is built upon the understanding that ‘There’s more that goes on outside a camera’s field of view than in it.’

Using a cellular App, the Model 360, the ‘All Property’ system, is able to differentiate between people who belong and those that do not. Once authentication takes place, the Director is able to track unknowns in relation to known individuals. The system makes decisions based on multiple criteria, such as interception paths, velocity of an unknown versus a known target, sounds, and others things.

“The Memoreyes system networks with other cameras in the system to follow an event to its conclusion. Each camera knows where to look all by itself,” says Collings. “No ordinary video system can do that!”

The Memoreyes App enables authenticated users to request that the system ‘follow’ them as they proceed through an outdoor area. A good application for this might be a young lady heading for the dorms as she leaves the library on a college campus. She can get immediate help as well by pressing the panic button. Another application is a retail store manager carrying a money bag as they make their way through a dark parking lot to their car for a drive to a local bank.

The Memoreyes system doesn’t wait for an authorized user to request help. If it ‘sees’ that an unknown target is moving at a high velocity in an intercept path with a known individual, the Director will begin flashing lights and issuing audible warnings. The Memoreyes Model 100, ‘Entrance System,’ is equipped with seven HD cameras–four that provide a 360-degree view, and three for license plate reading.

To learn more about the Memoreyes system, go to: http://bit.ly/2xkisdI

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Tips to avoid card skimmers at gas stations

Tips to avoid card skimmers at gas stations | #TpromoCom #Skimmer #Fraud #Money | Skimmers on card readers at gas station pumps seem to be becoming more commonplace.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, “skimmers are illegal card readers attached to payment terminals. These card readers grab data off a credit or debit card’s magnetic stripe without your knowledge. Criminals sell the stolen data or use it to buy things online. You won’t know your information has been stolen until you get your statement or an overdraft notice.”

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Editor’s Note: We’ve featured gas skimming news articles on Security eNews in the past. Here are a list of those articles with links to the pages where they appear on this Website. –Al Colombo

  • Two Nabbed Using Credit Card Skimmer To Steal Bank Info, Shelton Police Say | #TpromoCom #CreditCard #ATM #Bank | Jordy Diggins, 28, of Mount Vernon, and Jahquane Rennix, 19, of Queens, and were arrested by Shelton Police on Wednesday, April 10, following an investigation into complaints from residents that their bank accounts had been comprised, said Shelton Police Det. Richard Bango. (click here)
  • Skimmer found on Broadview Heights ATM; PHOTOS | #TpromoCom #Skimmer #ATM #Bank #Security | Have you ever seen a “skimmer” in place at an ATM? If you said no, don’t feel alone, I haven’t either. In this news article, however, you will find out some ways in which to spot this ploy at stealing your money. In fact, we’re featuring a number of videos below to help assure that you do not become a victim of this kind of crime. (click here)
  • FBI warns drivers about card skimmers at the gas pump | #TpromoCom #FBI#Scam #Fraud #Keypad | The FBI and Secret Service want drivers to pay attention when swiping their cards. A warning has been issued about those card skimmers that can be placed on card readers at the gas pumps. The scam is costing people thousands of dollars. Right now, agents are out working to locate and recover the devices in 21 states and the effort comes at a particularly busy time. (click here)
  • How To Spot And Avoid Card Skimmers At The Gas Pump | #TpromoCom #creditcard #credit #scam | See how to spot credit card skimmers and learn simple steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim. (click here)
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An Outdoor Video Surveillance System that Thinks and Acts Like a Human

An Outdoor Video Surveillance System that Thinks and Acts Like a Human | #Memoreyes #TpromoCom #VideoSurveillance #AI | I’d like to tell you about a new, revolutionary outdoor CCTV product that is like none other. I use the word “revolutionary” because it is just that. It leverages the use of quality Megapixel/HD quality, pan-tilt-zoom cameras with machine learning and an entirely newly developed series of audio, thermal, and radar-oriented sensors. Add to that an AI (Artificial Intelligence)-based learning control platform and you have an almost human-like control system with Big Data analysis. http://bit.ly/2KKKhEc

The focus of this new tech is outdoor protection. It uses thermal, sound, and radar to focus in on moving targets, along with a Smartphone app that stakeholders can use to alert the system when there’s a potential problem of an immediate nature. Cameras automatically  follow targets, which is not entirely new, but that’s just the beginning of the story.

The uniquely developed sensors allow the system to hear, see, and detect what the camera cannot see using a variety of unique sensors that truly makes this system revolutionary. Interaction between this interactive, integrated video surveillance system and stakeholders is audio/visual in nature, further deterring would-be assailants. 

Currently the system operates using a unique machine learning system, but an AI (Artificial Intelligence) processing system is now in the works and will soon be incorporated, giving the system the ability to react with even more speed and intelligence. Through Big Data analysis, over time the system will learn the habits and trends associated with each camera within each specific setting, thus enabling the system to  quickly identify departures from the norm. There’s more. 

I’d like to propose a complementary story on the tech with a short interview with the developer, who happens to be John Collings, the former inventor and developer of Uplink. A sidebar will delve into the advancements in AI and how they will be leveraged to make this new technology a must-have for office complexes, shopping malls, multiple-tenant housing, industrial complexes, chain stores, etc. 

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With FAA’s blessing, that drone over your house may be Google’s Wing, not Amazon’s

With FAA’s blessing, that drone over your house may be Google’s Wing, not Amazon’s | #TpromoCom #Drone #Google #FAA | Wing, the drone delivery service spun off from Alphabet’s Google, hopes to start flights to homes and businesses in the Blacksburg and Christiansburg areas by the end of the year now that it has the blessings of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA announced earlier this week that it had approved Wing as the first air carrier certified for drone delivery. In receiving the certification, Wing beat Amazon to the punch despite all the attention that the online merchandise giant has drawn over its interest in deliveries by air.

Both companies, along with others, have been racing to develop drones as a more cost-effective way of delivering small, high-value orders, like medicine. But drone delivery can have big drawbacks, with limitations on the weight of their cargo and the time it takes to recharge them between deliveries.

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Pelco Showcases New Analytics, Cameras, Services, and Previews its Enterprise Video Surveillance Cloud Service

Pelco Showcases New Analytics, Cameras, Services, and Previews its Enterprise Video Surveillance Cloud Service | #TpromoCom #Camera #VideoSurveillance #Event | Pelco™ by Schneider Electric, the trusted global provider of end-to-end video security solutions, will be exhibiting products, solutions, and services for several market segment applications at ISC West 2019 this week.

Pelco will lead with its forthcoming cloud-enabled video surveillance service for commercial and enterprise scale deployments as part of its phased delivery of capabilities and services that ties Pelco’s VMS, VideoXpert, into their cloud-based architecture. Today’s video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) limits broader customer and System Integrator adoption with a common set of challenges. These include economic, technical, regulatory, and perceived risk concerns. Pelco’s pragmatic vision and architecture address these issues as voiced by both current cloud users as well as System Integrators.

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New Integrator RMR Opportunities with an Outdoor Video Surveillance System that Thinks and Acts Like a Human

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New Integrator RMR Opportunities with an Outdoor Video Surveillance System that Thinks and Acts Like a Human | #TpromoCom #Memoreyes #Security #Integrators | New Opportunities for Qualified Integrators to Participate in a National Dealer Program.

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ATLANTA (April 10, 2019) — MemoreyesTM, the developer of a smart, first-of-its-kind, revolutionary outdoor video surveillance system, is looking for qualified integrators to participate in its national dealer program.

The company will provide integrators with training that centers on its patent-pending, Megapixel/HD–quality, pan-tilt-zoom camera system with machine learning. Memoreyes’ unique video offering provides an unprecedented set of advanced, almost human-like capabilities.

Memoreyes’ Entrance System

“Integrators are a key part of our business plan,” says Memoreyes Founder and CEO John Collings. “Our Model 360 goes far beyond traditional outdoor cameras and opens up new opportunities for them with an entirely new commercial customer base and an entirely new category of managed services.”

Using thermal, sound, and radar sensors, the system analyzes 360-degree target data and focuses on situational awareness for personal and property protection. The system directs cameras to an event and ensures that the system identifies, tracks, and records any unusual behavioral patterns, accidents, altercations, or loud noises such as a gunshot.

Thanks to this new technology, the Memoreyes system can quickly differentiate between authorized individuals and potentially hostile targets. Through machine learning, it also intuitively anticipates potential risks and automatically responds to evolving situations using light, sound, and voice messaging. Over time the system learns the habits and trends associated with each camera within each specific setting, enabling it to quickly identify departures from the norm.

Collings, the original designer and founder of Uplink cellular service, says that one of the company’s biggest hurdles was to create a facility-wide WiFi system that would reliably work in an outside environment. With that solved, strategically positioned cameras now work in tandem to provide 360-degree tracking of residents, visitors, and vehicles on the property on an as-need basis. This means that the system can cover large outdoor areas with a handful of cameras as opposed to traditional systems that often require dozens or even hundreds to do the same job.

While the primary objective of the Memoreyes Model 360 system is to deter crime, a second benefit is the documentation of data collected before, during, and after an event has taken place. With its high-definition video,law enforcement can rely on this data for arrest purposes and a conviction in a court of law.

Memoreyes’ All Property System

“We don’t rely on standard pixel-following methodology. Our sophisticated software is continually sampling the environment, analyzing visual and auditory inputs against known patterns,” explains Memoreyes Co-Founder and CTO David Tattersall. “At the same time, we have adopted comprehensive privacy policies, which protects owners, property managers, and residents alike.”

The complete system also includes an Entry/Exit Monitoring System that provides video of all oncoming, passing, and departing vehicles. This includes clear and concise license plate reading, even at night or in bad weather.

Beyond the revolutionary technology is the price point. Because the system can cover large outdoor areas with only a handful of cameras, the cost savings can be substantial, as much as 75 percent less than alternative systems. The company offers an affordable leasing program which will save end users money in both the short and long term.

For more information on the system or to become part of the dealer program, visitwww.Memoreyes.com, email us at Memoreyes@Tpromo.Com or call 770-989-1776.

About Memoreyes

Memoreyes was founded by John Collings and David Tattersall in 2014 to provide an innovative and revolutionary outdoor video surveillance system that would improve safety and deter criminal activity at multi-family housing, hospitals, campuses, office complexes, malls, and retail outlets. The concept grew from a multi-family housing owner’s request to make their surveillance cameras do more to deliver better security for residents. By utilizing machine learning along with advanced sensor technology that makes the camera think and act like a human being, the new system is transforming outdoor security. Comprehensive and affordable, Memoreyes offers unprecedented situational awareness for personal and property protection and is backed by local installation and support technicians. The company is based in Atlanta, Ga.

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Skimmer found on Broadview Heights ATM; PHOTOS

Skimmer found on Broadview Heights ATM; PHOTOS | #TpromoCom #Skimmer #ATM #Bank #Security | Have you ever seen a “skimmer” in place at an ATM? If you said no, don’t feel alone, I haven’t either. In this news article, however, you will find out some ways in which to spot this ploy at stealing your money. In fact, we’re featuring a number of videos below to help assure that you do not become a victim of this kind of crime. –Al Colombo

Here’s a heads up for anyone who uses credit or debit cards: Skimmers are still a very real threat. One was found Monday afternoon at an ATM in Broadview Heights.  Skimmers are small devices that fit inside the card slot on ATMs or gas pumps. Although they are hard to spot, they can steal your card information.

To read the remainder of this news story from Ohio, click here.

The following is another informative video on how to spot a skimmer. In this case, they producer (abc News) offers some detailed views of how it’s done.

And here are two additional past news articles carried on Security eNews:

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