Man­u­fac­turer says its newer we­b­cams are safe

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The Chi­nese elec­tron­ics com­pany whose de­vices were linked to a mas­sive cy­ber­at­tack last week in the US has as­sured the pub­lic that there is a low pos­si­bil­ity of sim­i­lar cases us­ing its up­graded gad­gets else­where in its mar­ket.

Hangzhou Xiong­mai Tech­nol­ogy Co, a video sur­veil­lance man­u­fac­turer, is re­call­ing four kinds of we­b­cams sold in the US af­ter a wide­spread cy­ber­at­tack blocked ac­cess to web­sites in the US, in­clud­ing Twit­ter and PayPal, on Oct 21. Uniden­ti­fied hack­ers seized con­trol of the gad­gets, in­clud­ing Xiong­mai’s we­b­cams, and di­rected them to launch an at­tack that tem­po­rar­ily brought down the web­sites.

Around 10,000 of the com­pany’s we­b­cams will be re­called, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

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