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Analysis | The Cybersecurity 202: Cisco settlement over hackable technology a warning to government contractors

By Joseph Marks 10-13 minutes PowerPost Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events An exterior view of Cisco Systems Inc. headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) THE KEY The $8.6 million settlement Cisco will pay to settle claims it sold states and federal agencies hackable surveillance software marks a sea change in how seriously the government is now taking cybersecurity bugs.  The Cisco bug, which a whistleblower first alerted the company about in 2008, was in surveillance software that ended up in schools, hospitals, airports and prisons as well as federal agencies and at least 15 state governments, as I reported yesterday . It could have allowed hackers to spy on surveillance video footage, turn cameras on and off and delete footage. It could