>> Rolling out a recall after last week's historic massive cyberattack. Hackers disrupted some of the world's largest websites, taking control of hundreds of thousands of webcams and connected gadgets to do it, including several devices from Chinese firm, Shangmei Technology. The company tells Reuters it plans to recall up to 10,000 webcams after the breach.
Adam Jordan explains it's a quick fix for a much larger issue.>> Shangmei has basically said that a small number of their devices have been affected and vulnerable. They've said that they will improve password strengths. They will send out patches to users which can help close some of these loopholes that the hackers were attacking.
The reality is, though, of course, that for Shangmei and for a lot of these other manufacturers who make these small everyday products, I think longer term, closing off these loopholes is gonna be tough. Just given that consumers often don't realize the potential threat that comes from these small, very basic items.
>> Hackers use software to take over so-called Internet of Things devices. And like many of these gadgets, Shangmei's were ripe for the picking.>> Now the issue is that, of course, when you buy a webcam, for example, you don't even normally stop to think about security or whether you need to set a password for it.
It's just a very simple piece of equipment. And so what's happened here and what will happen with other devices is that the hackers have made use of the fact that security is often quite low on these devices. To use them as a tool in their sort of broader global attack.
>> Devices like Shangmei's cameras are finding their way into more and more aspects of life, from self-driving cars to Smart thermostats, opening up new opportunities for hackers looking for weak links to exploit.