New Study Reveals Over 8,000 Exposed Security Cameras Around the World

Security cameras can be useful because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing you to keep watch on your personal property. However, if these cameras end up getting exposed or compromised, they can actually make you less safe than might have been the case otherwise. A recent report from the Shodan search engine revealed that there are currently 8,373 exposed security cameras around the world.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Taiwan has the highest total of all with 1,147. Vietnam came in at a close second with 1,040, and these two nations are the only ones with over a thousand exposed security cameras. South Korea came in third with 753, thereby suggesting that exposed security cameras are a particularly prevalent problem in East Asian nations.

Russia reached fourth place with 501 security cameras being exposed, and Iran rounded off the top five list with 390. Brazil was not far behind with 379, and surprisingly the US came in seventh with 353. China also made an appearance on this list with 293 exposed cameras, equalling Chile’s total with all things having been considered and taken into account. Germany also had 257, with the remaining 2,967 exposed security feeds coming from multiple other nations around the world.

One thing that is leading to so many exposed cameras is the use of default passwords such as “admin”. These can be extremely easy to crack, so the first thing to do would be to create a complex password with a variety of symbols to keep malicious actors at bay. This is a massive threat to public safety, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that encryption is a useful thing to emphasize as well.

Between surveillance and data interception, there is no end to the damage that this can cause. World governments must take steps to secure their cameras, otherwise the problem will only become worse in the long run and that could create a harmful impact down the line.

H/T: Cybernews

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