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Verkada Workers Had Extensive Access to Private Customer Cameras

  • Former employee said issue was raised with Verkada executives
  • Hackers gained access to 150,000 customer camera feeds
Verkada security cameras at  the company's headquarters in San Mateo, California, on March 10.

Verkada security cameras at  the company's headquarters in San Mateo, California, on March 10.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

More than 100 employees at security camera startup Verkada Inc. could peer through the cameras of its thousands of customers, including global corporations, schools and police departments, according to three former employees aware of the company’s security protocols.

Verkada was breached on Monday, when hackers gained access to what’s known as a “Super Admin” account that allowed them to see all of the live feeds and archived videos of Verkada’s customers, Bloomberg reported. With access to 150,000 cameras, the hackers were able to see inside Tesla Inc., as well as watch police interviews and witness hospital employees tackling a patient.