But they have no idea that thousands of people might be spying on them at any one time.’Cashiers and hotel receptionists are observed in close-up from cameras fixed to walls behind them; there is footage from inside a London hair salon; women can be seen having their nails manicured in Eastleigh, Hampshire; and another stream shows men lifting weights in a Manchester gym.Technology expert Shawn Day said there was worrying potential for the footage to be exploited by criminals.A Russia-based website is peering into homes around the world and many are here in the U. Anyone can log on to see the live feeds from baby monitors or security systems, all with a map straight to your front door, reports CBS News Correspondent Charlie D'Agata. Thousands of so-called private webcams are just a couple of clicks away from anyone with an internet connection.Businesses, including a shop in Amarillo, universities including an Iowa institution, private homes and baby monitors, have all had their cameras hacked into. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) reported that the site accesses information by using thousands of cameras' default login credentials, which are available online. In a blog post, Rice outlined the precautions folks should take: First and foremost, change your default password. privacy watchdog has issued a warning about a Russian website that streams live footage from insecure webcams around the world.They will be horrified to learn that footage they assumed could be accessed by them alone has, in some cases, been made available by hackers for the world to see.Professor Alan Woodward, a cyber security specialist, said: ‘The really scary thing is that people buy these cameras for their own security.
The BBC said ICO provided it with a link to the Russian site, but the BBC opted not to publish it.
From a street in Mexico City, a beach parking lot in Australia, to the Tokyo skyline and London.
Britain's information commissioner Christopher Graham said anyone who failed to set a secure camera passwords is vulnerable."Consequently, these can be accessed in the same way you might want to check what's going on in your business premises or shop, or you want to see your baby is fast asleep," Graham said.
Sure, it's great to check up on your house or sleeping baby remotely.
But if you don't configure the network correctly, your webcam becomes an open window into your life.