10 November 2014

Alert Priority Moderate

A website called Insecam has been set up which claims to aggregate live footage from internet connected cameras across the world that still use the default manufacturer username and password.

The website features thousands of links to live video streams from cameras in Australia, including footage from inside houses and businesses, laneways, shopping centres, cafes, warehouses and other typical security camera locations. Many cameras are also commonly used as webcams and baby monitors.

Many video streams are broken and footage is unavailable, but the website also displays the IP address, default username and password, and latitude and longitude of each device, making them easy targets for other attackers.

The default username and passwords for webcams made by most manufacturers are readily obtained online. Like any internet connected device, you should change its default username and password when you set it up.

In this case the Insecam claims to be simply highlighting the security issue, but an unchanged default username and password grants an attacker easy access to any internet connected device, which means these devices remain vulnerable to further malicious activity.

If you have an internet connected webcam installed in your organisation or home, you should ensure that you have changed the manufacturer’s default username and password.

Instructions on how to do this should be available in the user manual for your device model or online.

More information

Read the original Motherboard article.

Stay Smart Online contains more information on securing your equipment.

The information provided here is of a general nature. Everyone's circumstances are different. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.

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