Explainer: How a Russian website could hijack UK webcams

The public is being warned about a website containing links to thousands of live feeds of baby monitors, stand-alone webcams and CCTV systems.

Data watchdogs across the world have drawn attention to the Russian-based site, which broadcasts footage from systems using either default passwords or no log-in codes at all.

The kit has not been "hacked", rather software and search tools have been used to scan the net for feeds that can be accessed using the cameras' default settings.

China-based Foscam was the most commonly listed brand of camera, followed by Linksys and then Panasonic.

Costas Tsivicos, from Foscam's UK distributor, talked to the BBC's Dave Lee about the issue.

BBC News