The latest cyber threats, Meltdown and Spectre, exploit hardware vulnerabilities in CPUs in almost every laptop or smartphone, regardless of the operating system. The vulnerabilities are also present in many other devices that make use of common processing chips. The vulnerabilities can allow hackers the potential to access almost any device connected to a network in order to steal passwords, encryption keys and any other confidential data stored on a connected device.
Panasonic has publicly stated that the company takes the security of security surveillance devices extremely seriously and has conducted extensive testing on its networked systems to investigate any vulnerabilities.
The manufacturer has stated that its research shows the vulnerabilities posed by Meltdown or Spectre attacks have no impact on its systems. Systems assessed include surveillance system equipment such as cameras and recorders (model numbers WV-, WJ- and BL-). It has also investigated all application software for the surveillance system equipment, again with no issues revealed.
Panasonic also states there have been no reports of any issues caused by the vulnerabilities from its customers at this stage, nor has it been made aware of any breaches on personal smartphones or tablets using its mobile applications. However, the manufacturer does recommend that users follow the advice given by the operating system vendors.
Panasonic adds that it will continue to update its users regarding the threat and any actions that need to be taken depending on any further announcements made by CPUs vendors.