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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]
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.