Accessibility links

Breaking News

British Watchdog Wants Russian Hacking Site Shut

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
  • 16x9 Image


    RFE/RL journalists report the news in 27 languages in 23 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. We provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.