Google exposes web surveillance cams. Blogs and message forums buzzed this week with the discovery that a pair of simple Google searches permits access to well over 1,000 unprotected surveillance cameras around the world - apparently without their owners' knowledge.
By Kevin Poulsen, SecurityFocus, The Register Published Saturday 8th January 2005 21:55 GMT Searching on certain strings within a URL sniffs out networked cameras that have Web interfaces permitting their owners to view them remotely, and even direct the cameras' motorized pan-and-tilt mechanisms from the comfort of their own desktop. ...News of the panoptical search queries apparently began on a community web forum, then spread to the widely-read BoingBoing weblog Wednesday and Thursday.
The only easy day was yesterday.
...some do, some don't; some will, some won't (WR)