Feeds from thousands of Trendnet home security cameras have been breached, allowing any web user to access live footage without needing a password. Internet addresses which link to the video streams have been posted to a variety of popular messageboard sites. Users have expressed concern after finding they could view children's bedrooms, among other locations.
US-based Trendnet says it is in the process of releasing updates to correct a coding error introduced in 2010. It said it had emailed customers who had registered affected devices to alert them to the problem. However, a spokesman told the BBC that "roughly 5%" of purchasers had registered their cameras and it had not yet issued a formal media release - despite being aware of the problem for more than three weeks.
These IP addresses, some from private homes, have been posted to the internet on sites such as pastebin http://pastebin.com/W7SvAN96