The hackers’ methods were unsophisticated: they gained access to Verkada through a “Super Admin” account, allowing them to peer into the cameras of all of its customers. Kottmann says they found a user name and password for an administrator account publicly exposed on the internet.

News outlet Bloomberg has gone public with a dramatic cybersecurity news story about surveillance.

Bloomberg claims that an “international hacker collective” was responsible for breaking into a network of 150,000 surveillance cameras and accessing private footage from live video feeds.

According to Bloomberg, one of the hacking crew, Tillie Kottmann, claimed to have accessed cloud-based camera surveillance company Verkada and found themselves face-to-face with a huge swathe of internal data.

This data apparently included real-time feeds from up to 150,000 surveillance cameras at Verkada customer sites, as well as other real-time information such as access control data from Verkada customers.

Car maker Tesla, internet provider Cloudflare and numerous health and law enforcement organisations are claimed in Bloomberg’s piece as some of those customers.

150,000 security cameras allegedly breached in “too much fun” hack