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How to Find Unsecured Webcams

Sometimes people will set up their webcams, unknowingly allowing all the world complete access to them.

Google will crawl & index these webcams, and they can be found by using a fairly straightforward Google search:

inurl:mjpgmain.asp

Click this link if you’re lazy: unsecured webcams

Here are some examples:
Mr Cyles bike shop
Somewhere in Russia (possibly)
Some kind of animal in a box

These webcams could easily be blocked from Google by including them in your robots.txt file, and it’s usually best practice to put a password on your webcam if you don’t want other people to see it.

There are probably other searches which’ll turn up webcams like this, if you know any, leave a comment below and I’ll add them to this post.

EDIT: I noticed that Boing boing made a similar post in 2005 with the following Google search:

inurl:”ViewerFrame?Mode=”

Turns up a few gooduns!

One Response to “How to Find Unsecured Webcams”

  1. Jason says:

    Brilliant! I’m actually working on a webcam-based project. This provides me a cheap alternative to setting up multiple cameras for my beta environment.

    Thank you!

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