Thursday, 20 November 2014

Breached Webcam & Baby Monitor Site Flagged by Watchdogs

The public is being warned about a website containing thousands of live feeds to baby monitors, stand-alone webcams and CCTV systems.
Data watchdogs across the world have drawn attention to the Russian-based site, which broadcasts footage from systems using either default passwords or no log-in codes at all.
The site lists streams from more than 250 countries.
It currently provides 500 feeds from the UK alone.
They include what appear to be images from:
  • an office in Warwickshire
  • a child's bedroom in Birmingham
  • a home's driveway in Nottinghamshire
  • a gym in Manchester, a pub in Salford
  • a shop interior in London
The site's database shows listings for 4,591 cameras in the US, 2,059 in France and 1,576 in the Netherlands.
Smaller numbers of feeds are also identified as being available from developing economies including Nicaragua, Pakistan, Kenya, Paraguay and Zimbabwe.
Some of the feeds showed a static image but did not otherwise appear to be working.
The privacy watchdogs have provided the name of the site to the media, however the BBC has opted not to publish it.

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