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US police investigate limited webcam hacking doubts

US police investigate limited webcam hacking doubts

NEW YORK: Police are investigating a figure of televises over worries secret webcams in Cleveland were targeted by hackers. It move towards after a Russian website was establish to be hosting hundreds of feeds of live video recording from unaware UK homes and businesses including CCTV cameras and baby monitors.
National Crime Agency (NCA) officers say they are currently looking into a number of broadcasts that could be in the Cleveland area and are urging people with webcams, including those used for home security, to change their usernames and passwords.
They say those who have not changed the manufacturer’s default password on their cameras could be leaving themselves open to hackers.
Default login credentials are freely available online for thousands of cameras.
Chief Inspector Steve Young of the NCA said: “We are conducting proactive enquiries to try to identify the webcams that have been hacked at addresses that may be in the Cleveland area.
“We would ask those with these types of cameras to change their usernames and passwords in order to protect themselves, especially where the default password provided with the product has not been changed already.
“Where we have become aware of potential criminal offences we will determine any necessary criminal action.
“Those who may be concerned about their security settings are advised to unplug their camera at the power source until they can be further secured.”