A website that provided access to live images of thousands of unsecured webcams – unbeknownst to their owners – has been shut down.
The site, which was hosted but not necessarily created in Russia, was created with the apparent intention of “raising awareness” about webcam safety.
In reality appears like a cabin for voyeurs and, lately, for journalists.
Well now the programmer who built it is looking for something a little simpler: a job.
The still anonymous owner replaced the Insecam website with a message that says “Programmer looking for a good remote job”.
It also has a skills list and an email address.
At its peak, Insecam provided access to thousands of cameras, including around 600 in the UK.
However, the cameras whose feeds it hosted are still accessible with the right software. Most are only accessible because they don’t have password or default protection, and it’s up to the owners to change the settings.
BBC reported that the site owner did not consider himself a hacker.
How to Protect Yourself: By Tech Editor Michael Rundle
Do you have a webcam that you are not sure is secure? Then you have two options.
First, follow this series of tips from security company Kaspersky Labs:
Start by securing the device that gives access to the Internet – your router. Change the default administrator password. Make sure it uses WPA2 encryption. Disable the SSID so that the name of your router is not broadcast to anyone within range. Change the default password for all the other devices you use – baby monitors, webcams, printers, etc. Make sure your mobile devices are fully protected by security software (mainly Android).
Now be aware of malicious apps. In particular, check the permissions requested by an app when you install it. Be aware that mobile devices are easily misplaced and lost. By using a secure password or launching a fingerprint scanner app on your mobile device, it is much more difficult for a hacker to access the device. Connect only to secure WiFi access points. While browsing the internet in a cafe, you may be connected to a hacked network, allowing hackers to sniff your web traffic and gain access to your device.
The second is to do this: