Hacking a WebCam used has now turned into YouTube “content” as a shameful “Reality Show.” A hacker in Russia not only accessing people’s Web cameras, but broadcasting the video online, right on YouTube.
2ch’s users were hacked and the nation and its media watched it live. As users approached their computers the hacker launched a porn site, in many cases a homosexual one.
This also isn’t new, security company Kaspersky points out that in 2014 a website “streamed video from thousands of webcams located in 250 world countries”.
How did it happen? A common mistake from average users — the default password was never changed, or at the very least they chose weak alternatives, which we’ve seen endless lists of. Secondly, they did not have a cover on their WebCam!
2ch is an anonymous website that’s popular with any number of users from trolls to those looking for social justice. Unfortunately, it’s also popular with hackers.
Kaspersky points out how this was different — “This time the public eye is focused on a thread of an anonymous user, who hacked computers of hundreds users in a variety of countries and streamed live video from them on YouTube. For several days (starting on April 26) 2ch users have been enjoying the possibility to spy on unsuspecting people, discuss their manners, appearance and room decorations”.
There is a rather obvious take-away here. First, change the default password and choose a strong one. Second, you may want to get a WebCam Cover for yourself, family and friends right away!