INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A Russian website is posting live video, streaming from thousands of webcams all around the world.
Hackers are able to access webcams with easy passwords or no passwords at all. The website claims at least 17 cameras are streaming from Indianapolis.
The videos include maps that show the webcams’ locations. Johnathan Brown lives in this northeast side neighborhood where, in one home, the website said a webcam is streaming live on a Russian website.
“People knowing who is inside the house? That’s kind of scary for everybody. Everybody should be scared as I am,” said Brown.
On the website, you can peer inside an Indianapolis shop, a kitchen or a room with children’s bunk beds.
Experts say this is more common than you’d think.
“It’s literally a click of a button and I can see probably a good 80 to 90-percent of all the webcams available on the internet,” said Tom Gorup with Rook Security.
Gorup said that’s because many people do not put a password on their webcam, or they don’t change the default password.
Default passwords are readily available in user manuals. Users should make sure the camera is unplugged or at the very least switched off. Sometimes you’ll think the cameras are off, but they will be in sleep mode, and hackers can turn those cameras back on.
Gorup also said users should never connect their webcam directly to their modem, read user manuals and seek professional assistance when installing webcams.
The website called “Insecam” went on and offline all day Thursday.
One expert tells 24-Hour News 8 the people behind the website have changed the web address before.
The hackers claim they aim to prove the need for increased security by exposing those who don’t guard their cameras.