New search engine lets anyone spy on your webcam

To whom it may concern…

Fellowship of the Minds

A new website called Shodan enables anyone to spy on your webcam, seeing everything that the webcam sees, such as the interior of your home.

So if you have a webcam installed either inside or outside your home, make sure you set a password for your webcam.


Jennings Brown and Adi Cohen report for Vocativ, Jan. 25, 2016, that a new feature on Shodan, the most popular search engine for the Internet of Things, just made it a lot easier for anyone to find your webcam 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 device that doesn’t have a password is up for grabs.

Programmer John Matherly developed Shodan

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