The existence of a Russian website that exposed thousands of streaming images from webcams around the world reopens the privacy debate. The site of Russian origin but registered with the domain of some Australian islands, reproduced images of webcams from 250 countries. In total there were 4,591 cameras located in the US, 2,059 in France, 1,576 in the Netherlands and 500 in the United Kingdom, although the list includes more cameras from countries such as Nicaragua, Pakistan and Paraguay. According to Motherboard, a medium that identified the problem before the authorities, in October there were more than 12,000 cameras from the United States and 1,700 from the United Kingdom.
The cameras that have been accessed have not been pirated with malicious programs. They could access because the teams kept the factory credentials. The specialists used programs and search tools to “scan” the network and get the default passwords. In addition, many of the webcams and surveillance systems could be configured for remote control. That is, to see images from the next room, the smartphone or from a PC at the other end of the world.
The Russian site alleged that it exposed the images to show that people do not take security measures. This site has been designed to show the importance of security settings. “To remove your public camera from this site and make it private, the only thing you need to do is change the camera password”, they said. If those are your real intentions, the ball is in the user’s field. However, some industries, especially those dealing with adult services such as Asian cams have anticipated this threat.
Is it easy to access a remote webcam?
Yes. According to Kaspersky Lab experts, there are multiple legal and illegal programs that allow remote access to the computer. A person with a minimum of technical ability can control equipment that is not protected. It is not the first time that you are alerted about this.
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