Website Streams Live Webcam Feeds Through 73000 IP Cameras
It seems that technology has now actually started to interfere in our lives much deeply than we had ever intended it to. While social media has become a voluntary give away of our personal life for the whole world, one place that we did not expect our personal life would be exploited is our own homes.
Many people install home IP surveillance cameras as a precautionary measure, especially with a rise in weapon acquisition. But these very devices, that you have been using to see any suspicious person or activity, are actually doing the opposite to you.
While you can see a few people, if any, you can be seen by the whole world in return, thanks to these surveillance IP cameras now.
Mischief mongers or hackers, whatever you call them, have created a creepy new site known as Insecam which tracks tens of thousands of IP cameras with default passwords and allows anyone to view the surveillance online:
This site has been designed in order to show the importance of the security settings. To remove your public camera from this site and make it private the only thing you need to do is to change your camera password.
While the site’s apparent intentions for creating awareness seem innocent, letting the whole world watch someone in their home is not the best way to do that.
The site has so far “hacked” into 73,000 cameras from all over the world, which include parking lots, beaches, restaurants, marts, and the scarier interior locations like homes that mostly show baby cribs!
And it’s not just the footage. You can view the IP cameras by country type or city type. Once you open a surveillance view, it shows all channels on that stream, showing live footage of the camera, along with the IP addresses, current username and password.
It even shows the manufacturer of the camera, making the site so surreal and a nightmare for all. Right now, there are more than 11,000 IP surveillance cameras in the US available for streaming on the site. I opened a surveillance view in US to find this information displayed with the footage:
No matter what the motives of the site owners, this site is a clear violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Though the site has not been verified as yet, with the owners still not identified, it shows the site’s origins are in Moscow.
However, it is still a good measure to change your IP camera’s password, just in case this IS true, and let your friends and family know too.
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