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Website changes its ways after public outrage

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – There's a warning for people who use cameras and security systems that are connected to the internet.

Many of those systems are not secure, and a website is taking advantage of that, broadcasting feeds from the cameras online.

Ian Sherr from cnet.com says anyone can watch the live surveillance streams, because the people who installed the cameras didn't change their default passwords.

"Part of the point that this website is trying to make is that they want us to remember that there are default passwords, and that is bad. That if we don't change the passwords on these cameras – or on anything we own practically – that we could get into trouble, and people could use them for bad reasons," Sherr said.

Insecam.com was so criticized for exploiting the security breach, now they're only linking webcams with no password protection. When asked if the company ever asked for the owners' permission, the website administrator replied, "I have no idea how to contact that many users. Only the mass media can help."

Insecam.com says they're performing a public service, and it's working. Before going public, the company says 160,000 cameras had unchanged default passwords. That number has been reduced to 63,000.

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