It didn’t take long for someone else to set up a website that seeks out unprotected webcams and sorts them by country and region (based on the IP address) for all of the bad guys out there to enjoy. These cybercriminals broke into a device that was not designed with security in mind.There is even a thread in a limited-access forum where people can discuss the screenshots taken from webcams with the most ‘remarkable’ content. One could compare it to taking a wallet that was forgotten in a cafe.But the bad news is that before the shut down, it was operational for at least six months.Even worse news: the misconfiguration that made the whole thing possible was revealed on one Russian technology website as early as August 2013 (not to mention that real cybercriminals could have used it long before that).- with broad selection of different utilitycams, streaming and photos, some with sound,like Snowcams, Citycams, Beachcams, Barcams and Zoeken (= Search) and many others.- Drake has a Live Webcam database of over 1650 live webcam images from around the world.As it turns out, many users, satisfied solely by the fact that the device was operational, did not bother to change the default password or, maybe, did not even know that such a thing was possible or recommended.A failure to change the password means that everyone who knows the exact address of the camera and the default password (you know, the ‘1234’ type), could access your very private data.
Otherwise, your private life may, at some point, surface online and you won’t even know about it. Not a common one with a USB port that plugs into your computer, but a fancy wireless camera that streams video and allows you to observe your baby, your car in a garage or a sidewalk near your home, from another room, another town or even another country.
The only definite solution is to change the webcam default password.
The devices produced by at least one manufacturer (Foscam) are known to be affected.
You plug it in, follow the simple steps outlined in that “Quick launch” leaflet and it works just like that!
It is a brilliant piece of technology and a true example of the modern digital world. The problem lies in the “it works just like that” part.