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Hacked Feeds From Webcams, Baby Monitors Posted Online

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In this March 4, 2012 file photo, a woman speaks on the phone in front of screens feeding live broadcast (from polling stations) via a network of webcams. (Anton Golubev/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Friday, 21 Nov 2014 07:01 AM

Hacked video feeds from thousands of webcams and internet-connected baby monitors have been posted to a publicly-accessible Russian website, and now an international coalition of government agencies are working together to raise awareness and get the site taken down.

"I want the Russians to take this down straight away," said Christopher Graham, head of the U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Agence France-Presse reported via MSN.

"We've known about this for about 24 hours but we've been working out how best to deal with it because we want to take regulatory action."

He explained that his office is now working with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, as well as authorities in Canada, Australia, and China, "to get this thing closed down."

According to The Associated Press, the site's administrators figured out that a number of webcams, baby monitors, home security cameras and other devices come with a default manufacturer's password. These passwords are often quite simple, like "1234," and many consumers don't realize they need to change the password to fully secure their device.

When they don't, criminals can simply log into the systems by looking up the default password. At the end of the day, it's not so much that the criminals have picked the locks so much as walked through an open door.

"The ability to access footage remotely is both an Internet camera's biggest selling point and, if not set up correctly, potentially its biggest security weakness," said Simon Rice, the ICO group manager for technology.

"Remember, if you can access your video footage over the Internet, then what is stopping someone else from doing the same?"

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