Sheriff: Ala. county jail camera hack 'will not impact safety'

A group of hackers breached 330 surveillance cameras, giving them access to live footage and audio of inmates


By Sarah Calams

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — A group of hackers breached 330 surveillance cameras at the Madison County Jail Monday morning, giving them access to live footage and audio of inmates and interviews between officers and suspects.

AL.com reported that jail officials are continuing to evaluate the evolving situation, but Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner said the breach will not impact safety for inmates or those who work at the jail. 

"While we continue to evaluate this evolving situation, we are confident that this unauthorized release did not and will not impact the safety of staff or inmates in the Detention Facility or the general public," Turner said.

When jail officials were made aware of the issue, Turner said the cameras were taken offline. 

"We will continue to focus our efforts on the safety and security of our community, which remains our first and foremost priority," he continued.

The hackers also breached 150,000 other cameras at hospitals, including from inside women's health clinics and psychiatric hospitals, as well as a Tesla factory. 

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