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We’re talking about financial information, private information – exactly the sort of stuff the camera is designed to protect, but is doing the opposite.’Many cameras were fixed on babies and small children sleeping in their beds.There was also close-up footage of an elderly lady relaxing in Aberdeen.Clearly, it's a good thing that such a camera helped lead to information that let the police track down the kidnapper.However, it certainly does raise some privacy issues.If owners fail to do so, their live feed, which they can access from smartphones, could also be picked up by hackers who scan addresses on the internet until they find an exposed IP camera.Experts fear large numbers of such cameras are vulnerable to hacking.Professor Alan Woodward, a cyber security specialist, said: ‘The really scary thing is that people buy these cameras for their own security.
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But we discovered that the hacking of stand-alone security cameras – IP (Internet Protocol) cameras – is a much simpler process and more widespread.
Most cameras that connect to the internet come with a default username and password which most people do not realise they can – and must – change.
I can assure you they will be changed.’In another case, we identified a house in Southend, Essex, because the Hikvision cameras at the property – fixed on the drive, back door and side gate – included the owner’s name and address on screen.
The owner said: ‘We got these cameras to try to keep our property safe but we never imagined that people are looking at our house and what we’re doing.
Vulnerable devices include baby monitors, domestic security cameras and CCTV units that monitor offices, shops and factories.