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That's the case with thousands of cameras around the world that are currently up on a Russian website. Users just have to click on a country to scroll through cameras monitoring businesses and homes.

The way the site accessed these cameras is frustratingly simple - and something I've warned you about before.

Hackers accessed the cameras by using default passwords set by the manufacturers, British officials said Thursday.

Those log-in details are freely available online, leaving the unsecured cameras accessible to anyone.

– Ever wonder how hackable your private webcams are?

Not only are they hackable, a search engine exists that has a section devoted to unsecured webcam images, showing everything from cribs to kitchens to private laboratories, Ars Technica reports.

Meanwhile, a researcher group called I Am the Cavalry is creating a rating system for consumer Io T devices, and the US Air Force has funded a similar "Consumer Security Reports" project, Inside Cybersecurity reported in October.

But don't expect the moon: "Our dependence on technology is growing faster than our ability to secure it," says Erven.

Because there are apparently thousands of users of cameras who did not change these login details, it was only a matter of time until one website aggregated these cameras for everyone else to tune into. All it did was search for cameras and try out default passwords until it found a match.

A quick browse through the website reveals live streams from nearly 4,600 cameras in the U.

S., including video of a baby sleeping in a cot in New Jersey.

More than 2,000 cameras have been hacked in France, about 1,500 in the Netherlands, and thousands more in over 100 countries worldwide.

There's video of a couple having breakfast in France, CCTV footage of an elderly patient lying in a bed in Minnesota, scenes from a beauty salon in Japan, and the view of a playground with a pool and trampoline in the Netherlands. Information Commissioner's Office urged people to change the default passwords to prevent their cameras from being hacked.

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