Given all the very disturbing news we’re hearing about `trusted’ people in important posts abusing the trust of others – most notably by taking inappropriate videos without knowledge or permission – there’s a timely -and scary! – reminder from the ICO, the Government’s Information Commissioner’s Office. In particular, the ICO draws our attention to a Russian-based website which is hacking into our personal videos:
“The danger of using weak passwords has been exposed again this month after a new website was launched that allows people to watch live footage from some of the insecure cameras across the world. The website, which is based in Russia, accesses the information by using the default login credentials, which are freely available online, for thousands of cameras.
The footage is being collected from security cameras used by businesses and members of the public, ranging from CCTV networks used to keep large premises secure, down to built-in cameras on baby monitors. And with 350,000 of these cameras sold in the UK alone last year, this is a threat that all of us need to be aware of and be taking action to protect against.
So what actions should you be taking right now to make sure people aren’t able to access the information being filmed by your device?” Read more on the ICO’s website blog: