The security camera purchased for your office or home to help protect your private property and record live happenings could actually be broadcasting footage on the Internet for all to see -- if people know how to access it through a recently revealed hack.
PC Mag reports that a coding issue in some TRENDnet cameras, which the company admited on Tuesday, allows hackers to access a feed to the camera without the required password:
While the video feed was nominally password-protected, the [Console Cowboys] blogger found that appending a specific code to the camera's IP address bypassed the password requirement, throwing the video feed wide open.
The Console Cowboys post offers detailed instructions for finding and hacking Trendnet cameras.
To confirm the security issue was real, PC Mag followed the instructions and was able to find two cameras showing video feeds: one of an office in Nashville and the other of a thermometer in Minneapolis.
SlashGear has more on what the hack -- revealed in January -- has caught footage of:
Offices, children’s bedrooms, and even someone’s bathroom were viewable among the list of video feeds exposed. A list of 679 web addresses to exposed video feeds were posted to a message board within two days with more listings revealed that were also associated with Google Maps locations.
TRENDnet has said that it published updated firmware for affected cameras to fix the flaw. If you have a TRENDnet SecurView IP camera, see if it is among those on the list here.