Hacked Home Security Cams Link to Bedroom Scenes

Web users accessing Trendnet cams without passwords

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 7, 2012 12:08 AM CST

(Newser) – Feeds from an extensive network of home security cameras have been breached, and videos, including scenes from children's bedrooms, are being watched and linked to online. "Someone caught a guy getting naked in Denmark," noted one blogger. Another remarked: "Baby spotted. I feel like a pedophile watching this." Because of a security vulnerability in the Trendnet software, savvy web users can get access to live home footage without a password, reports the BBC. "Lengthy lists of freely accessible video streams are already circulating on the web, providing views of offices, living rooms and children's bedrooms," notes The H, a web site on online security.

The California-based Trendnet company—whose motto is "networks that people trust"—is scrambling to release software updates to fix the problem. Thousands of cameras may be affected, and the company has known about the issue for weeks, a spokesman admitted the the BBC. A blogger shared a way to breach the system in early January. Others who checked out the tip were quickly sharing information about hundreds of cameras as well as real-time feeds.

'Live cam' views of rooms in people's homes, like this one, are being viewed by strangers hacking into feeds.
'Live cam' views of rooms in people's homes, like this one, are being viewed by strangers hacking into feeds.   (mife125)
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