The feed includes images of marijuana plantations, back rooms of banks, children, kitchens, living rooms, garages, front gardens, back gardens, ski slopes, swimming pools, colleges and schools, laboratories, and cash register cameras in retail stores, according to Dan Tentler, a security researcher who has spent several years investigating webcam security.
“It’s all over the place,” he told Ars Technica UK. “Practically everything you can think of.””
Yikes. It’s frightening how many people have webcams in use for security and leave them completely open for anyone to access because of the lack of built-in security. This is only going to get worse as we connect our homes to smart devices that are not secure. Imagine how many non-savvy consumers might have locks, garages, etc. connected to the internet and open to being hacked?
It’s important that we get this right.