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Blogs and message forums buzzed this week with the discovery that a pair of simple Google searches permits access to well over 1,000 unprotected surveillance cameras around the world - apparently without their owners' knowledge.
Searching on certain strings within a URL sniffs out networked cameras that have Web interfaces permitting their owners to view them remotely, and even direct the cameras' motorized pan-and-tilt mechanisms from the comfort of their own desktop.
The Register [theregister.co.uk]
[edited by: ciml at 1:04 pm (utc) on Jan. 10, 2005]
[edit reason] Fixed link. [/edit]
With a little ingenuity and a variance in search terms the same info can be gathered at Altavista, Yahoo, and MSN.
Granted, Google has more listings, but they're not the only one with the listings.
This is a webcam owner problem, not Google.
joined:Dec 29, 2003
Thousands of security webcams wide open [vnunet.com] - VNUNet on the 5th
Private webcams left unsecured on internet [scmagazine.com] - SCMag on the 7th
Def. not Google's fault. Lazy webmaster use of .htaccess, robots.txt etc.