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British Watchdog Wants Russian Hacking Site Shut

  • RFE/RL

Britain's privacy watchdog is warning the public about a Russian-based website showing thousands of hacked live feeds from homes and businesses around the world.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said on November 20 that the site contains live feeds from devices such as CCTV cameras and built-in cameras on baby monitors, taking advantage of insufficient security protection or weak passwords.

Christopher Graham, the information commissioner, told the BBC that he would work with the Russian authorities and others to have the website shut down, adding that such a site would be illegal in Britain.

Data watchdogs across the world have already drawn attention to the site, which lists streams from more than 250 countries.

The ICO said that around 500 feeds had been targeted in Britain alone, including a gym in Manchester, a house in Birmingham, and an office in Leicester.

With reporting by the BBC and AFP