UK’s ICO: Russia-based hacking website spies webcams worldwide

UK’s ICO: Russia-based hacking website spies webcams worldwide

On Thursday, the UK's data protection watchdog - The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) - warned that thousands of webcams across the world are being spied by a Russian hacking website.

The website which allegedly spies on webcams shows hacked live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses all over the world.

Calling on Russia to take down the website, the ICO said that it is contemplating "regulatory action" against hackers who are allegedly accessing webcams with the help of default log-ins and passwords which are easily available online.

According to the ICO, hackers are seemingly taking advantage of devices like CCTV cameras and remote-access baby monitors, which have weak passwords and lack adequate security protection.

With reports revealing that nearly 4,591 cameras in the US, 2,059 in France, and 1,576 in the Netherlands are being hacked by the Russia-based website, the ICO has disclosed that, in Britain, hackers have thus far targeted nearly 500 feeds; including a gym in Manchester, an office in Leicester, and a home in Birmingham.

In reference to the hacking website which is allegedly spying webcams, the ICO said in its warning: "The ability to access footage remotely is both an internet cameras biggest selling point and, if not setup correctly, potentially its biggest security weakness."

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