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Anonymous Claims Attack on IP Surveillance Firm Brickcom, Leaks Customer Data

Brickcom Corporation, an IP surveillance company headquartered in Taiwan with offices in Dallas, Texas, has suffered an alleged data breach at the hands of Anonymous supporters, who claim to have leaked a customer database.

Brickcom has gained granular notoriety in the surveillance space due to their affordable high-resolution (high mega-pixel) equipment, which is used by corporations and law enforcement. Primarily, their core business is in Asia, but they have partnerships in Europe and the U.K., and are making inroads stateside as well.

HackersIn a statement accompanying the alleged leak, Anonymous accuses the company of hubris for statements made in their marketing materials, and said the firm was targeted “solely for the greater glory of Anonymous, the battle for anonymity and against indiscriminate state and corporate surveillance of the public.”

“This leak is a dedication to those who have given up their liberty for the ideals of free speech, and a surveillance free internet. This leak is also dedicated to those who continue to risk their freedom and refuse to be paralyzed by the ever rising levels of paranoia we all feel as we read the news daily.”  

With that said, Anonymous posted 3,400 records, containing what are claimed to be customer email addresses, names, usernames, and passwords. Some of the data points to Brickcom staffers and testing accounts, a few of the records are clearly spam. However, there are some that seem to be legit.

The source of the data appears to be the Brickcom registration form

When asked, the source of the leak would only confirm that there was an issue with the web server's configuration, and nothing more. "All data that was present on their webserver has been downloaded," the source said.

Excluding the possibility of SQL Injection vulnerabilities, a configuration issue could be anything from open directories and traversal vulnerabilities, to something more sinister such as Remote File Inclusion, which enables an attacker to upload shell scripts, completely compromising the system.

SecurityWeek has been in touch with Brickcom and will update this story if we get additional information.

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Steve Ragan is a security reporter and contributor for SecurityWeek. Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, he spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on endpoint security and security training.