This search engine shows how vulnerable the Internet of Things is

January 20, 2016

If you’re planning to trick out your home with connected devices so you can do things like unlock doors remotely and check in on the kids from your office with a webcam, you’ll want to double-check that all your gadgets are properly secured.

Ars Technica found that Shodan, a search engine for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, now has a section that lets you view feeds from vulnerable webcams with just a few clicks.

It’s creepy that with no technical knowledge or even a paid Shodan account, you can snoop on people’s homes, residential neighborhoods and other spaces. But what’s scarier still is that we may possibly be heading towards a future where poorly secured devices run our lives.

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