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Russian Website Posting Private Webcams Online, Experts Warn

11/20/2014 09:07 EST | Updated 11/20/2014 09:59 EST

LONDON -- Experts have a message for anyone with webcams, baby monitors and home security cameras: change your password now.

Britain's Information Commissioner's Office said Thursday that footage being collected from security cameras -- such as closed circuit television networks or built-in cameras like baby monitors -- is being posted to the Internet.

A website based in Russia is posting live footage of homes and businesses after having used the default login credentials for thousands of cameras.

The ICO is joining with its counterparts in the United States, China, Australia and Canada in warning consumers about the Russian website.

The Russian site takes advantage of the fact that camera users receive default passwords to get devices working -- such as "1234.'' Many manufacturers also put default passwords online.

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