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Hackers create website with illegal streams from 73,000 private IP cameras

By Justin Kahn
Nov 7, 2014
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  1. While many people install home IP surveillance cameras to feel safe, a creepy new site has surfaced to exploit those who have yet to change the default password. Known as Insecam, the site tracks tens of thousands of IP cams...

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  2. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Guru Posts: 563   +178

    Hacked? are you sure you are using the correct term? I think you mean "logged in". :)
     
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  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,562   +2,368

    Dudes saw the Dark Knight and figured, that's not so hard.
     
  4. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 315   +114

    Whoever finds the first sex on camera wins this round!
     
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  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +528

    How long until a celeb is nude in front of one and starts complaining?
     
  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    To the government logging in with username=admin, password =admin, is probably hacking to them....
     
  7. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    Is it just me or is the camera/pics not loading at all..
     
  8. war59312

    war59312 TS Booster Posts: 117

    Not just use. A lot of them are dead.

    And only 6 at one time. Lame!

    And yea "guessing" default password is not hacking technically..

    But legally, hell yes it's hacking! You do NOT have permission to use said device/service/whatever so yea it's "hacking".
     
  9. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Addict Posts: 227   +86

    Most of them eventually load, the site is just terribly slow. Also almost all of the cams are from hotels, restaurants, etc. basically boring security cameras.
     
  10. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Guru Posts: 469   +97

    Actually, it is hacking by definition. Just because the hack was unsophisticated, that doesn't mean its not a hack. Any unauthorized use of a computer system is a hack.
     
  11. "hacked into 73,000 cameras"
    Sure its 'hacking' because its illegal. But Im not sure they 'hacked into' anything.
    Im pretty sure you can get the exact same information and streams from a simple google search.
    So therefore is google 'hacking' these cameras too because it can pick up their stream with their web crawler?
     
  12. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +62

    I expect better from Techspot in its usage of "Hacking".

    The vast majority of these cameras are either unsecured or in default configurations. That's no more hacking than finding your friend's Facebook account left open posting a gag status.

    Have some respect for your user base, this isn't Gawker.
     
  13. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 817   +231

    "The use of a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system" is the definition of the word, so that scenario is still hacking. It's is not what most consider hacking but it is still hacking. The important word is unauthorized the definition never states now you get the access just that it is unauthorized.
     
  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,393   +107

    Webcam viewing from cities has always been available. This just going after those IP addresses that are not secured. So this site that you have linked to has more web or ip cams from all sorts around this planet. Except Area 51, Hollow Earth an etc.
     
  15. Hacker is only the brain injured media terminology.
    Hackers never do illegal activity.
    Same way as called patriots as terrorists.
    Who stolen login that is Cracker not hacker.
     
  16. Unauthorized is a little vague as well - by not changing default passwords you could interpret as permission. Hell - its my interpretation that some of these people WANT to be watched ;-)
     
  17. So basicaly what people are saying is if you access a web page on the internet you are hacking????? I didnt get the permission to check www.google.com so I am hacking it? Come on people, if you are dumb enough to hook your camera to the internet with the default password then you want people to watch it. Stealing is illegal so why do cops give ticket if you leave your car door unlock?
     

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