Hackers Spying On You with YOUR WebCam

Hackers Spying On You with Your WebCam

Shocking – hackers are spying on you through your own webcam and they are sharing the live footage online for all to see.

Last week, I sat at my computer and watched a young man from Hong Kong relaxing on his laptop; an Israeli woman tidying the changing room in a clothes store; and an elderly woman in the UK watching TV.

All of these people were completely unaware that I was spying on them, thousands of miles away, through devices that were inadvertently broadcasting their private lives on the internet.

I found them on a website that claims to have the direct feeds of hundreds of thousands of private cameras. There are 152 countries to choose from listed on the site, as diverse as Thailand, Sudan, and the Netherlands. The UK has 1,764 systems listed. The US has 8,532.

This particular website exposes IP cameras. These are external devices typically bought to keep an eye on valuables, act as a baby monitor, or make up a home or business security system. Some of these devices come with a default password that many users do not change, which is how this site is able to access them.

It’s all in the name of raising awareness about computer security, the site’s creator claims (never mind the fact that the site has ads). “This site has been designed in order to show the importance of the security settings,” the page states.

This Website Streams Camera Footage from Users Who Didn’t Change Their Password | October 31, 2014 | Joseph Cox

In the past there have been some incidents of computer hacking to seize control of built-in webcams.

That process is called ‘ratting’, as the hackers send out a virus that allows them access to a person’s desktop computer or laptop without their knowledge.
But we discovered that the hacking of stand-alone security cameras – IP (Internet Protocol) cameras – is a much simpler process and more widespread. Most cameras that connect to the internet come with a default username and password which most people do not realise they can – and must – change.

If owners fail to do so, their live feed, which they can access from smartphones, could also be picked up by hackers who scan addresses on the internet until they find an exposed IP camera. Experts fear large numbers of such cameras are vulnerable to hacking.

How to Protect Your Camera & Your Privacy
1. Ensure the camera you buy allows you to change the default password.
2. If manual doesn’t explain how to do this, call manufacturer and get clear guidance.
3. Take time to set up a strong password and change it regularly.

How ‘home hackers’ spy on you and your children… with YOUR webcam: | dailymail.co.uk | October 31, 2014

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8 thoughts on “Hackers Spying On You with YOUR WebCam

  1. The only webcam, that I have is a Logitech 920, which is run by USB connection. I only connect, when I Skype and immediately, disconnect when I am done. Someone may “capture” a view or two, talking with my family in California, but, that is all. No biggie, either. All we do is talk about what’s going on, how are the school grades and what the grand kids want for Christmas or Birthdays. Normal, everyday stuff. No nudity, foul language or anything that anyone would be interested in.

    As for my Smartphone, there is a great program called My Permissions. This program, will scan your Smartphone and tell you, which ones can be very invasive. Now, you do have control, over what to uninstall or to keep. It is an easy program to use, when you find out which programs are “too nosey”, but, you know that you honestly, need them, you can label them as Trusted. This way, future scanning will NOT bother with the Trusted programs. Oh, did I mention, this program is totally FREE!!! It works great and I uninstalled several programs, that didn’t need to know my business, many games do that and it just isn’t right.

  2. Apps on mobile devices ask for permission to access everything including camera/microphone/wireless modem/personal info and contacts etc. just to install and use an app.
    They should not be allowed to even request such in order to use a FREE app.

  3. Most APPS on mobile devices require permissions to access everything personal and access to camera/microphone/wireless connection etc. The Apps can not be used if the wide range permissions are not given. This is wrong. Companies don't need access to one camera/microphone/wireless modem connection etc in order to use an app.

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