Hacked cameras entertaining thousands

One of the latest internet hits is Big Brother style footage of an elderly woman watching TV in a care home. Apparently, television has become so bad that a woman identified by the press as “Martha”, along with other open cameras, has become must watch internet TV.

Martha’s carers were one of up to 50,000 customers who bought and installed a security camera made by the US company TRENDnet. It was discovered that the live footage they captured could be watched by anyone with an internet connection, without even having to guess a password.

While some TRENDnet customers have taken steps to fix it, most haven’t, and apparently remain unaware that the devices they installed to keep themselves safe could in fact be doing the exact opposite.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, few customers registered their devices with the company, and TRENDnet is unable to fix the problem remotely. Users must download a software update from the company’s website and install it manually.

The distributor for TRENDnet took steps to contact local customers in February, but users who do not read the tech press are basically stuffed.

The TRENDnet case is being touted as an extreme example of what can go wrong when a security flaw is discovered in a device connected to the internet.