We have all had a nosy neighbor, and we are all a little freaked out by "Peeping Toms," but a recently discovered site gives some weight to those fears.
Insecam streams footage from more than 73,000 IP cameras that belong to owners who have not changed their default passwords. This footage allows for anyone's eyes to pry into the homes and businesses of strangers and check in on whomever they choose, including one of the 11,000 cameras located in the US found on the site.
The sight claims that it is solely highlighting a major security problem. If default usernames and passwords are not changed on private security cameras, then they are open to these threats.
Some of the susceptible cameras are from brands such as Foscam, Linksys, and Panasonic. The site has steams into parking lots, stores, living rooms, bedrooms, and even baby cribs.
This is definitely breaking the law because it involves hacking into someone's password protected account, breaking the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
It's unclear who exactly is behind Insecam, but the domain name is registered with GoDaddy and has an IP address linked to Moscow
The simple solution is to change your home security password from the default, but this website still serves as a reminder that you never know who is watching you. Big Brother is alive and well and in your security camera.