Private security camera feeds exposed online

Private security camera feeds exposed online


LOCATION SEPTEMBER 13TH. KAIT: THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE USE SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS TO KEEP AN EYE ON THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES, BUT WHAT IF THOSE SAME CAMERAS WERE BROADCASTING YOUR PRIVATE MOMENTS TO THE WORLD? RICH: 22NEWS I-TEAM REPORTER TAMARA SACHARCZYK UNCOVERED WEBSITES TAPPING INTO YOUR OWN SECURITY CAMERAS ALLOWING ANYONE TO WATCH YOU. ATTORNEY STEPHEN SPELMAN WITH EVERYBODY CONNECTED BY THE INTERNET LIKE IT IS NOW, IT’S AS IF YOU’RE WALKING DOWN THE STREET, HOLDING UP A PICTURE, AND SAYING THIS IS WHAT THE INSIDE OF MY HOUSE LOOKS LIKE. SECURITY CAMERAS ARE USED BY THOUSANDS OF HOMEOWNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PROTECT THEIR HOMES. BUT WHAT IF SOMEONE WAS USING THE FEED FROM YOUR SECURITY CAMERA TO WATCH YOU? WITH THE CLICK OF A BUTTON, THE 22NEWS I-TEAM GAINED ACCESS TO THIS VIEW OUT OF A WINDOW IN GREENFIELD. IT’S JUST ONE OF THOUSANDS OF PRIVATE SECURITY CAMERA FEEDS WE FOUND ON THIS WEBSITE, WHICH BROADCASTS LIVESTREAMS FROM UNSECURED CAMERAS TO THE WORLD. TAMARA SACHARCZYK: WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR HOUSE IN THE MORNING, CHANCES ARE YOU LOCK YOUR DOOR. BUT MANY PEOPLE FORGET TO LOCK THE WIFI, EVEN WHEN IT’S CONNECTED TO THEIR SECURITY CAMERA. IF YOU LEAVE YOUR WIFI UNPROTECTED, ANYONE CAN TAP INTO IT, GAINING ACCESS TO YOUR SECURITY CAMERA FEED. TAMARA SACHARCZYK: SEEING THROUGH YOUR CAMERA, HOW DANGEROUS COULD THIS BE? ATTORNEY STEPHEN SPELMAN IT COULD BE DANGEROUS IF THEY GET TO SEE WHAT WE CALL A PATTERN OF LIFE, WHEN YOU’RE HOME, AND WHEN YOU’RE NOT HOME. ATTORNEY STEPHEN SPELMAN TOLD THE I- TEAM, WHAT THEY’RE DOING IS COMPLETELY LEGAL. ATTORNEY STEPHEN SPELMAN IF YOU ARE MAKING IT AVAILABLE FOR EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD TO LOOK AT IT, IT’S TOUGH TO COMPLAIN WHEN SOMEONE LOOKS AT IT. HERE’S ANOTHER FEED FROM THAT WEBSITE AT THE BOTANIC GARDENS OF SMITH COLLEGE. WE SET UP A CAMERA IN OUR NEWSROOM TO SHOOT THE FEED, THEN WENT TO SMITH COLLEGE TO PUT IT TO THE TEST. SURE ENOUGH, AS SOON AS WE WALKED INTO THE BOTANIC GARDENS, WE TOO WERE CAUGHT ON CAMERA. SMITH COLLEGE TOLD THE I-TEAM THEY HAD NO IDEA THEIR LIVE STREAM WAS BEING BROADCAST IN ANOTHER LOCATION AND WE DISCOVERED, IT HAPPENS MORE OFTEN THAN YOU’D THINK. LARRY SNYDER, CYBERSECURITY EXPERT IT’S NOT A COMPLICATED PROCESS. CYBERSECURITY EXPERT LARRY SNYDER SHOWED THE I-TEAM JUST HOW EASY IT IS FOR HACKERS TO GAIN ACCESS TO YOUR PERSONAL DEVICES. LARRY SNYDER, CYBERSECURITY EXPERT ANYBODY THAT HAS THE ABILITY TO DO A LITTLE BIT OF GOOGLE SEARCHING AND CAN WATCH A YOUTUBE VIDEO FOR 25 MINUTES OR SO CAN PROBABLY MANAGE ANY DEVICE YOU WANT. TAMARA SACHARCZYK: SECURITY CAMERAS AREN’T THE ONLY CONCERN. THE I-TEAM DISCOVERED IT’S EASY FOR HACKERS TO ACCESS ANY DEVICE THAT CONNECTS TO THE INTERNET, FROM OUR LAPTOPS AND CELL PHONES, TO BABY MONITORS AND DRONES. THIS DEVICE IS WHAT’S USED TO HACK INTO ANYTHING THAT YOU CONNECT TO THEIR WIFI. IT’S REFERRED TO AS A RASPBERRY PIE. LARRY SNYDER, CYBERSECURITY EXPERT A RASPBERRY PIE IS JUST A BAREBONES COMPUTING DEVICE, WHICH IS HANDHELD, PALM HELD COMPUTING DEVICE AND WHAT IT ALLOWS US TO DO IS BUILD A WIRELESS ACCESS POINT, WHICH WILL ALLOW ANY DEVICE THAT’S IN THE AREA TO CONNECT TO THE INTERNECT, VIA THAT DEVICE. THE TAKEAWAY? DON’T CONNECT TO PUBLIC WIFI, USE A STRONG PASSWORD, AND

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