For example, the FTC could mandate that webcam makers ship cameras that require users to set their own login credentials, rather than allowing default usernames and passwords to be applied.
The Mac laptops had been issued and were owned by the school, used by the students for home study.However, the security software that had been installed on these machines contained a feature called Theft Track, which enabled the administrators to remotely view the webcams.If yes, then sure, that's good regulation," said Chuvakin."When it comes to Io T, the FTC needs to get involved immediately," said Kellermann.A newer version of the software has since been released which has this feature removed.
Particular models of TRENDnet cameras that have since been patched and are no longer sold (though thousands remain in use) were vulnerable to the degree that any sane person would find terrifying: you need only know the public IP address of the camera.
It's a project, and there are so many better ways to make money if you're a cybercriminal." he said.
As always, the solution to protecting your webcam from being viewed by unwelcome eyes is password protection of your devices — in this case your router.
"Note that the granularity of the physical location is extremely rough: it can tell you in which city/country it is located but it isn't possible to pinpoint the exact physical location." However, each webcam screenshot is paired with a map, and in rural areas where there are fewer houses, it doesn't seem like it would be hard to find an actual location.
Of course, hackers don't need Shodan to access unprotected webcams, or hack into poorly protected devices.
He noted that while it may be possible to find the neighborhood in which a webcam is located, it is very unlikely that the Internet Protocol address could reveal an actual house.