LONDON — If you have a webcam, baby monitor or home security camera, you should probably change your password now.A Russian website is collecting live footage from homes and businesses across the world and posting it online.The site has 500 streams from within the UK alongside listings for 250 other countries, according to the BBC.
Securing any devices with an internet connection is also advised.
The ICO has joined up with its counterpoints in the United States, China, Australia and Canada.
They're "working with other global data protection and privacy authorities on collaborative action connected to the website showing unsecure webcam images," it says in a blog on the ICO website. "I want the Russians to take this down straight away …
We now want to take very prompt action working with the Federal Trade Commission in the States to get this thing closed down." "But the more important thing is to get the message out to consumers to take those security measures.
.” The ICO's Simon Rice outlines the potential problems with accessing webcams in the home remotely.
"The ability to access footage remotely is both an Internet camera's biggest selling point and, if not set up correctly, potentially its biggest security weakness," he says.
"Remember, if you can access your video footage over the Internet then what is stopping someone else from doing the same?
One Scottish student has claimed she saw her webcam switch on while she was in the bath.
The BBC reports that the site's database has listings for 4,591 cameras in the U. It identified a smaller number of feeds from developing countries including Nicaragua, Pakistan, Kenya, Paraguay and Zimbabwe.
Britain's Information Commissioner's Office has warned of the breach and posted guidelines on its site.
It recommends changing the default password for any new device - which is the login the Russian hackers have exploited - and checking available security settings.