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

(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.

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tnet
Feb 8, 2012 6:05 PM CST
TRENDnet has posted the resolution to the security breach on their IP cameras. You can check information on affected TRENDnet IP cameras at: http://www.trendnet.com/products/features.asp?featureid=52. You can download critical firmware along with detailed update instructions for the affected TRENDnet IP cameras at http://www.trendnet.com/downloads/.
RolandDeschain
Feb 8, 2012 2:42 AM CST
This is not new by any means. I remember someone giving me a link 3 or 4 years ago that let you cycle through different security cameras via IP address. You could zoom them out and move them side to side and everything. In the comment section about the two elementary school teachers who recently got caught fiddling their students people were suggesting cameras in every class room in America. That's just what we need, detailed maps of every school known by criminals and perverts watching children as they learn. Perfect.
Fatquah
Feb 7, 2012 6:26 PM CST
that explains that crappy superbowl halftime show I thought I was seeing.