Personal security cameras hacked, stream live on websites
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A Russian website allows users to click on just about any city and see live feeds directly into people’s homes. Shocking video of people’s private lives are streaming over the internet. Hackers can easily access personal security cameras and steam them on websites for the world to see, and it can happen in a matter of 10 seconds.
Most security cameras have a preset default password. Hackers know all of these passwords so if you don’t change it, you’re opening yourself up to have your private life broadcast online.
It’s happening in Tampa Bay and the ABC Action News I-Team found some video they should never be able to see. They recently interviewed KnowBe4 CEO Stu Sjouwerman in our Clearwater office.
“Change the password of any device that you get in your house” Stu says. This should be done immediately with any new device before it’s even used for the first.
Stu tells us there’s greater risk. Some websites even selling these private streams to places like p0rn and fetish sites.
“Once they catch something it can be sold, whatever it is,” he said.
This type of hack is nothing new, in fact there were a few stories back in 2014 warning the public about the existence of a similar Russian website (could be the same one) that then had access to about 73,011 locations with unsecured security cameras in 256 different countries.
In addition to changing default passwords, you should at the very least do a quick Google search for the specific model to see if there are other known vulnerabilities.
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