The Insecam website spies on thousands of people worldwide and collects their personal data.
The footage is provided with the cameras installed at homes, offices, parking spaces and stores.
Also, the precise area the footage is originating from can be matched with Google Maps.
More than eleven thousand live streams have been revealed in the US alone.
IP cameras stream footage directly onto a system, without needing to connect with a recording device or a central controlling system. They offer good resolution over previous recording technology, including the capacity to record various feeds at the same time and at much higher resolution. Numerous are gushed over the Internet for the accommodation of purchasers.
"Once an IP camera is installed and online, users can access it using its own individual internal or external IP address, or by connecting to its (network video recorder) NVR. In either case, users need only load a simple browser-based applet (typically Flash, Java, or ActiveX) to view live or recorded video, control cameras, or check their settings. As with anything else on the Internet, an immediate side effect is that online security becomes an issue the moment the connection goes active," Tom Conner, from Ars Technica explained.
The central framework is checking the feeds may be secure, however the cameras are not; either in light of the fact that they do not support passwords, or may be because the user failed or neglected to change the default ones.
Thus, remote review pages set up by the cameras are basically open to any individual who knows enough about search engines to discover them.
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