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NORTH TEXAS (CBS11) – Imagine live video from inside your homes being broadcast over the internet.
Katerina Manoff worries it’s happening to a Plano family who appears to have had their home security cameras hacked.
“I saw a couple walking about their business, clearly unaware that anyone could see that,” she said.
She found the live images, and so did CBS11, on an easily accessible app.
A blogger in Houston, Manoff shared a picture taken from the feed on local social media, hoping to identify the couple and warn them.
She said someone first told her about the app, after discovering a live feed into the bedroom of a pair of young Houston twins.
“Just a regular mom, I was able to take three minutes, and I was looking into some little girl’s room. I mean, I felt like a creep doing it,” she said.
In less than 24 hours, her followers were able to track down the twins’ family.
“I have cameras to protect my kids and I kind of feel like I failed them. We didn’t protect them. We actually put them in harm’s way,” said the girls’ mother on condition of anonymity.
At SpyCentre Security in Plano, owner Micheal Dear recommends checking the password on your camera system.
“Most of those people are not password protecting their property, so that’s the number one problem,” he said.
If you don’t set a unique password on your security system, he says, it’ll use your default, which is easy enough to figure out.
“Admin blank, admin admin, admin password, admin 12345,” he rattled off.
Manoff says even if the app she discovered is taken down, there are dozens just like it.
She plans to keep trying to track down homeowners, whose private lives may be more public than they realize.
Plano police say they are aware of the video feed that appears to be coming from a Plano home and are investigating.
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