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Vault 7: CouchPotato can capture video from remote streams

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WikiLeaks has released details of a tool known as CouchPotato from its stash of CIA documents, in the latest leak of what began on 7 March and what it called the biggest dump of security material in history.

CouchPotato is a command-line utility that can be used to capture Real Time Streaming Protocol or H.264 video streams, typically from a networked cameras.

It can be run from outside the network, provided that there is no block on the place from where it is being run. Else, one needs to run it from a machine within a network.

The tool can save what it collects either as still images provided an image in one frame differs from a previously captured frame or as a stream in the .avi format.

It utilises the free library ffmpeg for encoding and decoding video and images as well as for RTSP connectivity.

The documentation says that the image hashing algorithm pHash is incorporated into ffmpeg's image2 demuxer to provide image change detection capabilities.

CouchPotato has to be launched in an ICE v3 Fire and Collect compatible loader.

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Sam Varghese

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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