A website has managed to gather streaming footage from more than 73,000 cameras around the world that are connected to the internet, because their owners haven’t set a password and are using the default, which makes the cameras accessible to virtually anyone, Network World reports.
The website — insecam.com — claims to have live feeds from IP cameras all over the globe with the most — 11,046 at the time of writing — in the U.S. Some of the footage is harmless, with views of stores, offices and parking lots, but there are also shots of far more personal areas covered by the cameras, including living rooms and bedrooms. Many of the cameras on the website are being used as babycams which will alert many parents.
And here is the thing. When one blogger decided to contact some of the people whose cameras were leaking footage to insecam.com, things didn’t go well. Slashdot reports:
The owner of a pizza restaurant, for example, cursed her out over the phone and accused her of “hacking” the cameras herself. And whoever (finally) answered the phone at a military building whose cameras were streaming on the site told her to “call the Pentagon.”
This is not the first time such a thing has come to light. Back in 2013, the FTC cracked down on one camera manufacturer — TRENDnet — after its cameras had also been hacked. But insecam.com has managed to access cameras from several manufacturers. It makes me wonder why strong passwords are not required for these cameras, before you can start using them… (Scroll down for the video.)
1. The website insecam.com is running footage from more than 73,000 cameras round the world including this kitchen.
2. Security experts say members of the internet need to beware of the pitfalls of the internet. This camera is positioned over a baby’s crib but the adults bed can be clearly seen.
3. This baby’s crib is on full view to the world. The owners of the cameras have no idea that their footage is being streamed for anyone to see online.
4. The site is streaming cameras which have not had their factory passwords changed.
5. The cameras are located in businesses, factories, building sites and private homes.
6. No password is required to access the security camera streams.
7. The website makes it easy to pick from one of 73,000 different camera streams.
8. Does the person relaxing on the couch realize they’re being watched?
9. Owners must set strong passwords on security cameras unless they want to give the whole world a free pass to watch inside their homes.
10. You could easily watch your pizza being made with a live feed inside this branch of Dominoes.
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