There is a website that allows anyone with an internet connection in the world to stream live images from more than 73,000 Internet Protocol (IP) cameras. It does this with cameras whose respective owners have not yet changed the default passwords for the device. Internet protocol cameras, or IP cameras, constitute a type of digital video camera widely used for surveillance that can send and receive data via computer networks and the Internet. This is unlike analog closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras that do not have this capability.
 
This website may be engaged in a serious form of privacy invasion. 
 
Known as 'Insecam', the website has managed to access more than 73,000 IP cameras all around the globe, including government facilities, banks and businesses, as well as private residences. The United States tops the list for the number of IP cameras accessed: more than 11,000. The Republic of Korea is next with 6500 IP cameras and followed closely by the People's Republic of China at almost 5000.
 
in China. Even though the website states that it is trying to emphasize on an important security issue, it is clearly profiting from advertisements as well.
 
A statement on the Insecam website reads, "Sometimes administrator (possible you too) forgets to change default password like 'admin:admin' or 'admin:12345' on security surveillance system, online camera or DVR. Such online cameras are available for all internet users. Here you can see thousands of such cameras located in a cafes, shops, malls, industrial objects and bedrooms of all countries of the world. To browse cameras just select the country or camera type."
 
It added, "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 password."
 
By going on the Insecam website, the used can click on the place desire and easily acquire access. The cameras capture images from places that include jewelry stores, parking lots, and even private bedrooms. Those who have IP cameras are warned that they should change their IP camera's default password in order to prevent unwanted Peeping Toms invading their privacy. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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