Map's peek into hackable webcams

Last updated 12:45 30/01/2013
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TRENDNET CAMS: An interactive map shows where to find perfectly hackable home webcameras.

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This post was originally published on Mashable.

Take a look at the image above. Looks like a typical Google Maps search result, right? It is. Only the flags don't indicate generic locations, like a Starbucks or Coles - they represent insecure, completely hackable security cameras across the world.

TRENDnet Cam, a protest-like website, recently launched an interactive map to raise awareness of the flawed camera systems - designed by security company TRENDnet - that are set up in homes across the world.

News of the flawed system went viral early last year, exploding across Reddit and 4chan, and TRENDnet quickly issued a firmware upgrade. The only problem, according to TRENDnet Cam, is that the upgrade was neither automatic nor mandatory - so a handful of its customers remained unprotected.

TRENDnet Cam's purpose, then, is to demonstrate the number of the remaining cameras still vulnerable to hackers.

As of this writing, the interactive map had been shut down, with the following message on the site's homepage: "Thank you for your interest, the live site is now down and we don't plan to bring it up again."

In a tweet to Fairfax Media, the site's author attributed the interactive map's closure to it breaking Google Term of Service. The site still includes a link to TRENDnet's homepage, which it urges customers to visit to manually install the upgrade.

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