SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – A Russian website has been broadcasting hundreds of live footage from inside UK homes and businesses, which have been accessed by hacking into people’s webcams, which includes CCTV cameras and baby monitors.
The Russian site currently shows what is believed to be a child’s bedroom in Birmingham, a gym in Manchester, an office in Leicester, and a shop interior in London, among others.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned that people in the UK with webcams using weak passwords or without any password protection, will be vulnerable to hackers. An estimated 35,000 of such cameras were sold in the UK last year.
Simon Rice, ICO group manager for technology, said: “The website, which is based in Russia, accesses the information by using the default login credentials, which are freely available online, for thousands of cameras.
“The footage is being collected from security cameras used by businesses and members of the public, ranging from CCTV networks used to keep large premises secure, down to built-in cameras on baby monitors.
“This is a threat that all of us needs to be aware of and be taking action to protect against,” he said.
The ICO is urging people to take steps to secure any internet accessible cameras they may own by changing default passwords to something that cannot be easily guessed and which contains a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and characters. It advises people to check all the available security settings for their cameras, and to secure all other devices with an internet connection.
Source: British media