Think of the millions of devices with video feeds—maybe the baby monitor perched over your kid’s crib or a security camera looking out over your back porch. A new feature on the most popular search engine for the Internet of Things just made it a lot easier to find such feeds. And it’s even creepier than you can imagine.
Shodan is a website that scans the internet for publicly accessible devices and captures their IP addresses—creating a searchable index that includes everything from in-home surveillance cameras to traffic lights to fetal heart monitors to power switches for hospitals. Essentially any of the so-called Internet of Things that doesn’t have a password is up for grabs, and that’s more devices than you’d think.
Huh. Go to my computer or kindle cam and all they’ll see is the sticky side of a piece of duct tape.
Interception was also a factor when I did my security cameras – do I really want to crawl around in the hot fucking attic in July when it’s 105 outside running cables? Or do I want anybody at all to be able to hack into it and see what I’m seeing or doing?
I crawled around in the attic where it was at least 130 degrees.