The public is being warned about a Russian-based website which has been found to be broadcasting thousands of feeds of live video footage from inside homes and businesses around the world, including over 4,000 in the U. The footage has been accessed by hacking into personal webcams, CCTV cameras and even baby monitors using weak or default passwords.
The site includes footage of a child’s bedroom in Birmingham in the UK obtained from a baby monitor, as well as footage from inside a UK office, a gym and a shop interior, obtained from CCTV networks supposedly used to keep the companies and businesses secure.
They have not identified it for fear of generating traffic to the site Professor Carsten Maple, from the University of Warwick’s Cyber Security Centre told the ABC that the hackers most likely created the site for kudos among their peers.
“We don’t know what other activity they might be up to.
A spokesperson from the ICO said that part of the reason that these sorts of sites exist, is because people rarely secure their cameras properly.
In a a blog post they suggested, “If you take only one security step when getting any new device, make sure it’s setting a strong password.” The simple default passwords on devices can be easily guessed, or are available freely online and represent very little in the way of security for any device.
More than 2,000 cameras have been hacked in France, about 1,500 in the Netherlands, and thousands more in over 100 countries worldwide.
The website claims its motive is to draw attention to the problem “These cameras are not hacked.
British information commissioner Christopher Graham told the ABC that the site was discovered by data protection experts in Hong Kong in the past 24 hours, who alerted Australian authorities and the concern has since spread worldwide.
A Linksys spokesperson told the BBC: “We are still trying to determine which Linksys IP cameras are referenced on the site.
We believe they are older Linksys IP cameras which are no longer being manufactured.“For these cameras we do not have a way to force customers to change their default passwords.
Owners of these cameras use default password by unknown reason,” the website says.
Still, many of the cameras appear to be aimed at improving personal security.