Website Streams Private Security Cameras; Reminds Users To Change Passwords

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Security cameras can help people keep a watchful eye on their homes when they’re away, but a new website shows that very camera may be letting others sneak a peek inside.

“This is a good reminder to change your passwords,” said CNET Executive Editor Ian Sherr. “A lot of these cameras, you can plug into the Internet so you can see what’s going on in your homes when you’re not there, but many of them have default passwords.”

Unfortunately a lot of people don’t change their passwords, Sherr said.

A group has created a website called Insecam, presumably a shortened form of insecure cameras. It’s a way for you to actually click through and see live feeds from these people’s homes that are still using the default password.

“It’s rather frightening if you think about it,” Sherr said. “Right now I’m looking into someone’s living room…

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