US Close to Banning Dahua and Hikvision Cameras from Government Contracts
  • http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2148010/chinas-hikvision-hits-out-us-congress-over-baseless-ban

    I'm hoping this wont spill over into private sales. The Dahua cameras (also named in the ban) I've been getting via Aliexpress are fantastic performers. They DO try to phone home. Even when you turn off all the "cloud" servicefeatures, I see them trying to access amazon storage servers. I can understand why the US wants to stop their use in government facilities.

    For my personal use, I've completely cordoned them off from reaching the outside world with a firewall. They can't phone home. You can take advantage of their good performance/price ratio, but you should treat them as potential leaks.
  • Thanks for the interesting link, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    Good advice too.
  • It didn't play out very well for Dahua. They got roped into this in my opinion. Hikvision is owned and operated by the government of China. Dahua is publicly traded. It is too bad, Dahua makes great cameras.
    https://ipvm.com/reports/ban-law
  • That's a pity. I've gone to mostly Dahua due to their very good performance/price ratio. Keeping them on an isolated LAN removes the dialing home issue. They are very stable cameras and the Starlight ones are amazing at night.
  • Any current thoughts re the HIKVision backdoors? Or more explicit techniques for isolation? TIA.
  • Dahua 2mp Starlight Varifocal Turret is awesome low light cam for the money. BUT Dahua has had a number of big reported vulnerabilities in products and their OEMs. In 2016 Mirai botnet that caused large DDoS attacks. Also Bashis backdoor in March of 2017 and there recorders got hacked in September 2017. It would be hard to stand up for either Hikvision or Dahua. They both suck in terms of security and being dishonest with their customers. With the big wave of Nationalism in the U.S.A. It's not surprising that they both would get banned from that lucrative government work. I will still buy both. I,m not that concerned. Keep your Firmware up to date. Don't port forward like Dahua tells you too :) and if you need remote viewing. Do it with a VPN.

    Good link below how to secure your connection.
    https://ipcamtalk.com/threads/vpn-primer-for-noobs.14601/

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