The website Insecam claims it provides some sort of public service announcement … problem is that this ad appears to be: change your security camera password or we’ll broadcast your bedroom or living room publicly so that everyone world can see it … and make a profit doing it.
Released yesterday by Network world, Insecam displays live feeds from over 73,000 unsecured security cameras, organized by country and searchable 24/7. It’s scary, voyeuristic and, apparently, in the service of security.
According to the website’s about page, the site is all about “displaying[ing] the importance of security settings. But while that’s the feat we’re taking advantage of here – people don’t change the security camera’s default username and password, allowing anyone to access it – there is something annoying to publish these feeds online and profit from ad revenue.
Some 11,000 cameras are broadcast from the United States, nearly 3,000 from the United Kingdom, approximately 4,800 from China and many other countries. And although it is, according to a lawyer who speak with Motherboard About the site, a blatant violation of the law on fraud and computer abuse, there may not be much the law can do about a Moscow-based website.
Either way, there is only one way to make sure that the site doesn’t show your lounge for the world to see, and that is to make sure you change the username. and the default password on your security cameras.
(Going through Gizmodo)