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Unsecured IP Cameras Accessible To Everyone 146

Orome1 writes "In the last couple of decades, we have become so accustomed to the idea that the public portion of our everyday life is watched and recorded — in stores, on the street, in institutions — that we often don't even notice the cameras anymore. Analog surveillance systems were difficult to hack into by people who lacked the adequate knowledge, but IP cameras — having their own IPs — can be quite easily physically located and their stream watched in real-time by anyone who has a modicum of computer knowledge and knows what to search for on Google."
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Unsecured IP Cameras Accessible To Everyone

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  • Re:Nice one (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Local ID10T ( 790134 ) <> on Tuesday January 18, 2011 @04:59PM (#34920196) Homepage

    Here's the deal though: if it's been six years and nobody's bothered to close these security holes --- and the searches still work, I just tried --- then *THAT* is news.

    Finding a security exploit is not big news. Leaving a security hole unfixed for six years *is* big news, especially if it's done by companies for whom "security" is literally their middle name.

    Who says its a security hole?

    Do I care if the entire world can look thru my camera? Does it in any way effect the operation of the camera or of the security system attached to it? No.

    Now if the camera is pointed at something I don't want the rest of the world to see... maybe I should have sprung for a system that at least requires a password...

  • by h4rr4r ( 612664 ) on Tuesday January 18, 2011 @05:00PM (#34920216)

    For the most part these cameras are looking at parking lots and other boring crap, why secure it at all?

    Oh Noes the bad guys can look at our empty parking lot at night!

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