How easy is it for someone to hack into surveillance cameras?

Posted at 6:00 PM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 18:01:40-05

Many of you have security cameras or perhaps you've been thinking about getting them for your home.

We use security cameras to keep us safe but how easy is it for someone to hack into these devices?

Ken Jezorio is a former State Trooper and Cheektowaga Police Officer. In the late 70's, his house was burglarized and he put in his own security system and founded Shield Security Systems. 

Jezorio says within the past five years, security installation has increased by 1000%. 

But who else is watching those cameras after they're installed?

He says he believes the consumer grade cameras, the ones people install themselves, have higher tendencies to be hacked. 

"People don't change the passwords and they always come with a default on them," Jezorio said.

Which can make it easier for hackers to get in. 

"What you normally see is that someone has access to a password," he said. 

That's exactly what Police say happened to a woman after an acquaintance allegedly hacked her security cameras to secretly watch her for four months.

Police charged 33-year-old Justin Bleich with Unlawful Surveillance.

Bleich reportedly obtained the victim's passcode to her cameras and used an app on his phone to watch her through a number of cameras at her residence.

Jezorio says it's important to change the default password. 

"Just because you got this thing to work and you can work it on your app, doesn't mean it's secure," he said.