Do you own a Treadnet Camera on your home computer? Well, the company has just released information related to a potential leak in the Treadnet software that could enable others to see you and your home. According to a BBC report, thousands of the company’s cameras have a flaw that allows for anyone on the Internet to hook up to the camera’s video feed and see into the homes of others.
It was recently discovered that anyone who went to the IP address of a given camera could tap into the camera’s feed without needing a password or any security function. On top of that, people across the internet are flocking to the web forums and sharing information about web addresses of specific cameras.
The company stated: “We recently became aware of a vulnerability with several Trendnet SecurView IP cameras purchased since April 2010,” the company said. “Trendnet’s security team understands that video from some Trendnet IP SecurView cameras may be accessed online in real time. Upon awareness of the issue, Trendnet initiated immediate actions to correct and publish updated firmware which resolves the vulnerability.”
Apparently the vulnerability is a result of a coding error that was introduced in an update to cameras in 2010. A full list of affected cameras can be found here. With so much of our lives firmly set in technology it’s always scary to come across these sort of security vulnerabilities and really stands as a reminder that we all need to be vigilant about our own home security and safety.