|Industry||Video surveillance Solutions|
|Products||Security Cameras, Network Cameras, HDCVI analog-to-HD Solutions, NVR/DVR, PTZ Cameras, Fisheye Cameras|
|Revenue||$[4.06 billion (2020)]|
Number of employees
Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co., Ltd. is a partially state-owned publicly traded company based in Binjiang District, Hangzhou, which sells video surveillance products and services. It was founded and controlled by Fu Liquan (傅利泉).
Dahua Technology has more than 18,000 employees all over the world. Dahua solutions, products, and services are used in 180 countries and regions. It has 58 subsidiaries globally covering Asia, the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, Africa, etc.
Dahua Technology is majority owned and fully controlled by Fu Liquan and his wife Chen Ailing. As of 31 December 2020[update], Fu owned 34.18% shares as the largest shareholder, while Chen owned 2.38%.
According to its 2020 annual financial report, Dahua Technology is also partially state-owned by Central Huijin Asset Management and China Galaxy Securities Co., Ltd. at 1.05% and 1.82 respectively. Central Huijin Investment is a state-owned enterprise and wholly owned subsidiary of China Investment Corporation, a sovereign wealth fund that reports to the State Council of the People's Republic of China.
In September 2016, the largest DDoS attack to date, on KrebsOnSecurity.com, was traced back to a botnet. According to internet provider Level 3 Communications, the most commonly infected devices in this botnet were Dahua and Dahua OEM cameras and DVRs. Nearly one million Dahua devices were infected with the BASHLITE malware. A vulnerability in most of Dahua's cameras allowed "anyone to take full control of the devices' underlying Linux operating system just by typing a random username with too many characters." This was exploited, and malware installed on devices that allowed them to be used in "both DDoS attacks as well as for extortion campaigns using ransomware."
In March 2017 a backdoor into many Dahua cameras and DVRs was discovered by security researchers working for a Fortune 500 company. The vulnerability had been activated on cameras within the Fortune 500 company's network, and the data trafficked to China through the company's firewall. Using a web browser, the vulnerability allowed unauthorised people to remotely download a device's database of usernames and passwords and subsequently gain access to it. Dahua issued a firmware update to fix the vulnerability in 11 of its products. Security researchers discovered that the updated firmware contained the same vulnerability but that the vulnerability had been relocated to a different part of the code. This was characterized by the security researchers as deliberate deception.
Mass surveillance of ethnic minorities
Dahua has played a role in the mass surveillance of Uyghurs in Xinjiang. In October 2019, the U.S. government placed Dahua on the Bureau of Industry and Security's Entity List for its role in surveillance of Uyghurs in Xinjiang and of other ethnic and religious minorities in China. In November 2020, after security researchers identified facial identification software code with designations by ethnicity, Dahua removed the code in question from GitHub. In February 2021, the Los Angeles Times published an investigation of Dahua's technology for the purpose of Uyghur surveillance.
Security Industry Association expulsion
The Security Industry Association, a U.S.-based trade organization representing electronic and physical security solutions providers the United States, terminated Dahua Technology's membership on June 1, 2021, citing unnamed violations of its code of ethics.
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Dahua Technology Co., Ltd. No.1199, Bin'an Road, Binjiang District, Hangzhou, China P.C:310053- Chinese address Archived 2021-03-11 at the Wayback Machine: 杭州市滨江区滨安路1199号
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