Shodan. Unlike Google, which is only interested in the blanket gathering of internet addresses, Shodan gathers information from all kinds of smart devices – with over 500 million online devices listed. There’s now even a special area dedicated to webcams with no or very poor password protection that can be viewed online. If you access them, you can even control the camera and eavesdrop via its microphone. With a little perseverance, you’ll also find streams of sleeping babies, school classes, banks, or swimming pools. It’s highly likely that most camera owners are completely oblivious to all of this. After all, who goes sharing their private life on the internet voluntarily? One very interesting aspect is that Shodan lets you filter cameras by manufacturer, so it quickly becomes clear which camera makes and models are really lacking in the security department. There’s no surprises that the list includes cheap products – but you may be shocked to see big-name brands on there such as Bosch, D-Link, Panasonic, and Sony.
These employees definitely don’t know that anyone can watch them at work online. You can even choose which angle to view them at.
Security cameras have the potential to protect your real estate and other belongings, but this all hinges on them not being the security risk themselves through their own vulnerabilities. To guard against this, in addition to offering secure capture, streaming, and storage, the cameras should also provide cloud services and applications that meet security standards. Sadly, though, it’s something not all manufacturers consider important.