On October 31 of this year, the website Motherboard started what became an international discussion of webcam security. Their article described a website that posted links to thousands of unsecured webcams where people could watch the cameras without any password or with a default password and without being noticed.
Surfing for unsecured webcams isn’t new. A friend sent me instructions years ago. Basically one searches for the name of the product or manufacturer in the URL (google has a keyword inurl for this purpose). Using search tools like this, as well as plain googling, you’ll generally find four types of webcams:
I remember years ago – in the days of analog baby monitors – people watching the monitors in others’ homes (and listening to analog cordless phones, too!) and the accompanying discussions of security issues. Now some folks seem to be ignoring the security of their baby monitors and countless other cams by not using good passwords. In the case of some of these cams this could be a serious safety issue; for others a major privacy issue. It could expose proprietary information or help bad guys compromise a site’s physical security.
While it won’t solve all security problems, securing webcams (except public ones) is something to do now!
To your safe computing,
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