FOSCAM "test" messages


(Amauri Viguera) #1

Apparently their support forums are filled with people today that received a bunch of “test” messages overnight (myself included).

The first reaction is that it was some sort of hack, but so far that doesn’t seem to be the case. The commonality seems to be that the notifications went to Android phones, it was at least half a dozen of them, with several in Chinese (!) and the rest in English with simply “test 2” as the contents.

Some people went as far as unplugging their cameras, yet received several notifications after that. My guess is that it was some kind of remote issue with the foscam dyndns setup (?) or something similar, as that’s so far the only feasible explanation for a notification from an air-gapped camera.

Just a heads up, and another reason why you should consider local access to the camera only. Now if the SmartThings folks would hurry up and implement native support for these things, people could just uninstall the app altogether. :slight_smile:

There are several ongoing threads over at foscam.us, such as this one:

http://foscam.us/forum/messages-from-foscam-via-app-t10282.html


(Amauri Viguera) #2

They finally issued a statement late yesterday indicating that this was basically a test gone wrong. Some people with air-gapped cameras and phones / tablets without cameras configured still received the messages, so it was obviously some kind of issue with the app that originated on their side.

Still, some people did freak out, but that’s what you get when you have hardware connected to the internet and pinholes in your firewall… :smile:

This is the official reply from them:

Dear Customers,

Recently our R&D team added a new feature in the Foscam Viewer App. It supports push messages such as alarm notification messages.
However, during testing one of our engineers accidentally used the wrong account by mistake in our testing lab. This led to sending accidental push messages that read “test 2” by mistake to customer’s mobile devices.

Please accept our deepest apologies for this mistake. We have taken actions to prevent this from happening in the future.

Best Regards,

Foscam Team