Internet Might be Watching Live Stream of Your Webcam!

Attention has recently been drawn to a Russian website which is broadcasting streams of insecure webcams, baby monitors and CCTV system.

The site features feeds and images from over 200 countries and Pakistan is among them. The website has a message that states:

“This site has been designed in order to show the importance of the security settings. To remove your public camera from this site and make it private the only thing you need to do is to change your camera’s default password.”

A Russian website is selling live streams of webcams from around the world, including from Pakistan

The security issue has been pointed towards people using no passwords or factory default passwords for their devices, and forgetting to turn off remote access when they don’t need it anymore. Hackers simply scan the internet for devices that use default credentials and as it turns out, there are thousands of results.

Cameras from Foscam, Panasonic and Linksys are among the vulnerable devices listed on the site. In response, many manufacturers have already put out software updates which force users to choose a new password. However, hundreds of results are from older devices that are no longer being manufactured and can’t be patched with a software update so customers are being urged to be proactive.

Speaking about the security breach, Gail-Joon Ahn, professor of computer science and engineering at Arizona State University said, “If they don’t care about privacy, I don’t think it will bother them. But in general, it’s security 101. Don’t use the vendor’s default password. It’s time to change our paradigm. The users should be involved in security practices so they can protect their own assets as well.”

Hackers simply scan the internet for webcams that use default passwords and as it turns out, there are thousands of results.

As anyone with even a slight background in security will tell you, this is not new news nor is it a one-off occurrence. There are millions of insecure devices on the internet. For example, Shodan is a search engine dubbed ‘Google for Hackers’. It exposes online devices and that includes smartphones, webcams, routers and even industrial power plants.

These issues are only going to be become more pronounced with time. There has been a movement to usher in the ‘Internet of Things’ in which even your refrigerator talks to the web but no heed is paid to the massive security risks associated with these devices. Manufacturers have shown an amazing ineptitude in providing basic security and users are unaware or simply unwilling to put in the effort to secure their devices themselves.

As a result, someone with simply an internet connection can look into your houses and workplaces. Imagine what someone with actual knowledge can do. Fortunately, the fix is very simple. Start off by simply changing your default passwords on all devices. For example, ‘admin’ and ‘admin’ for your internet router is not a very secure combination. For your smartphones and other devices, try and be aware of any software updates and apply them immediately. Furthermore, make sure that your Wi-Fi networks at home and at your office are encrypted.

via BBC

Talal is a Director and the Editor in Chief at ProPakistani.


  • Zulqarnain Nizamani

    always put something on your webcam like I do , put a piece of tape solution or something else sticky.

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      matlab kaam pakistanio wala he kerna akhir
      privacy k desi tariqay

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      matlab kaam pakistanio wala he kerna akhir
      privacy k desi tariqay

      • Zulqarnain Nizamani

        yaar khud hi logon k computers k saath aise kaam kiye hain k anti virus ya anti malwayrebyte wagera par koi trust nhn :D

    • Khurram ShahzAd

      Or you can simply unplug your cam when you don’t need it.

  • Network Administrator become Alert:)

  • Muhammad Ashraf

    dont scare too much, buitin camera in laptops are still safe, however ip based cameras for remote surveillance can be the victim

    • what if laptop/PC is hacked !

      • Muhammad Ashraf

        the post is about hacking of webcam not for system. Pls use antivirus solution and genuine software in order to protect your self from security issues

      • Muhammad Ashraf

        the post is about hacking of webcam not for system. Pls use antivirus solution and genuine software in order to protect your self from security issues

  • This story was aired on RT (Russia Today) news channel yesterday! & I see only 7 cams online from Pakistan, most of the cams are from US, UK & NL

    • Shaykh ul Islam Tahir ul Qadri

      There were about 66 cams from Pakistan.

  • Sounds scary! Technology always comes with hidden factors. It can be negative sometimes. Be safe.

  • Sounds scary! Technology always comes with hidden factors. It can be negative sometimes. Be safe.

  • Shaykh ul Islam Tahir ul Qadri

    I know about this site since a longtime and there is cam from Barkhan, Balochistan with some views are from the rooms too.

  • Shobz

    Most of the Pakistani cams are no longer on the list. Earlier when the site was active there were around 200 cams from Pakistan. Now there are just a handful. The thing is that most of the IP cams were on the site because they had the default password and were easy to hack. A number of them were at schools, petrol pumps, hospitals in Pakistan.

  • Meera

    کوئی میری بھی تو ہیکنگ کرے نا… کب سے لیپ ٹاپ کے سامنے بیٹھی ہوں
    سلوشن ٹیپ بھی نہیں لگایا

  • Atif Khan

    thats good, people will watch my beautifull face around globe.
    Keep doing this.
    Love RUSSIA.

    • Jahangir

      Ab se hamesha achi tarah dress up ho kr bethna web cam k agay :D

  • Farhan

    what is the website link? can someone provide me that?

  • PeeDroid MiNi L100

    Website Or GTFOH :|

  • PeeDroid MiNi L100

    Website Or GTFOH :|

  • PeeDroid MiNi L100

    Website Or GTFOH :|

  • Khurram ShahzAd

    You does not mentioned the website. It would be nice to know it.