"Shodan has started to grab screenshots for various services where the existing text information didn't provide much information," founder John Matherly wrote in an email. Or perhaps you're into a specific street corner in Guangzhou China? Full access to over 1,000 webcams — Of course, tech-savvy spies have always been able to tap into unsecured webcams or hack into poorly protected devices, but the new feature on Shodan makes it easier than ever for anyone to browse a library of webcams that have not been password protected.But, creepiness aside, are there actual risks associated with, say, someone in a remote location tuning in to a baby monitor?"When you think about the real-world risks, you have to reach pretty far to find something that would be genuinely bad," said Anton Chuvakin, security and risk management researcher at Gartner.Want to browse publicly available IP cameras from around the world?We’ve got over 4000 included in the app and we are finding more every week. Public cameras include beaches, landscapes, traffic, attractions, retail, ski hills, golf courses, airports, animal cams and more!"Shodan wants to provide a complete view of the Internet which includes control systems, printers, servers, databases, tea kettles and of course webcams," he wrote.
– Swipe up/down on thumbnail screen to hide/show the titles – Advanced camera settings for many private camera models, adjust your brightness, contrast, exposure levels, etc Baby Monitor features: – Receive local notifications/alerts when volume exceeds your saved threshold – “Squelch” settings allow you to eliminate any noises below a preset level – Audio can be configured to run in the background after the app is closed There are no subscription fees, all licenses are for the lifetime of the product once purchased. Stephen Bryen, Chairman & CTO Ziklag Systems Spying through smartphone cameras, computer webcams, laptops and tablets is widespread and governments have been checking people out for years.Between 20, GCHQ, Britain's NSA, ran a program called Optic Nerve that scanned live webcam chats on Yahoo (and probably other chat services).This sort of special intelligence cooperation is a regular occurrence under the "Five Eyes" program. Obviously, when used correctly and legally, this is an important counter-terrorism tool. government still has, new legislation notwithstanding, is how to assure the proper handling of extremely personal information that is completely unrelated to any counter terrorism or criminal activity.But when it is used as a political tool to harass or blackmail people, the consequences are different and corrosive. But the NSA and GCHQ aren't the only entities spying on webcams.