Cybersecurity experts said hackers are broadly exploiting the explosive growth in the use of webcams by using malicious software to quietly take remote control of the devices, sometimes within minutes.
Clicking on a given pin opens a live stream from that particular camera, allowing visitors to spy on sleeping babies, empty living rooms, office interiors, and dimly lit parking lots.
Not to creep you out, but someone might be spying on you. The web-connected cameras on your laptop and cellphone — and your doggie-cam and baby monitor, too — are digital peepholes for hackers.
Same goes for your smart TV and home security system.
Spending just a few minutes on the site can evoke an unsettling mix of fascination, guilt, and dread.
The moving images that were once isolated and divorced from context are now fixed within a geographic space, imbuing them with an extra layer of reality — and, perhaps most important, lending a new sense of scale to Trendnet's security hole.
Message boards on Reddit and 4chan were ablaze last January over a freshly exposed vulnerability in certain models of Trendnet home security cameras.