Hackers, allegedly members of the Anonymous movement, announced the hacking of dozens of surveillance cameras in Russia and the launch of a political message on top of their video stream. They are also created the website Behind Enemy Lines, where you could watch a “live” video broadcast from these cameras.
According to Motherboard, the site broadcast video from 86 unique surveillance cameras, but at the time of writing the news it was already unavailable. Hackers sorted the videos into how many categories, depending on the location of the cameras: “indoor”, “outdoor”, “restaurants”, “offices”, “homes”, “business” and “schools”.
Motherboard employees watched the broadcasts from several different cameras and came to the conclusion that at least some of them are in Russia.
After a while, hackers removed the video from the “houses” section, explaining this by respecting the privacy of the civilian population. “We hope you will understand,” read the message in the “houses” section.
One of the Twitter Anonymous usernames mentioned on this site did not respond to a request from journalists, so at the moment it is unclear how access to the cameras was obtained, using Shodan or in any other way.