Dirty free webcam to strangers
"Basic geographic information is available for almost all devices on Shodan, including webcams," wrote Matherly.
"Note that the granularity of the physical location is extremely rough: it can tell you in which city/country it is located but it isn't possible to pinpoint the exact physical location." However, each webcam screenshot is paired with a map, and in rural areas where there are fewer houses, it doesn't seem like it would be hard to find an actual location.
"You have to — presumably — hack into a lot of PCs and figure out where there are naked people.
It's a project, and there are so many better ways to make money if you're a cybercriminal." he said.
Or perhaps you're into a specific street corner in Guangzhou China? Full access to over 1,000 webcams — Of course, tech-savvy spies have always been able to tap into unsecured webcams or hack into poorly protected devices, but the new feature on Shodan makes it easier than ever for anyone to browse a library of webcams that have not been password protected.
"Shodan has started to grab screenshots for various services where the existing text information didn't provide much information," founder John Matherly wrote in an email.
"Can the regulator make the good thing easier and the wrong — risky thing — harder?
If yes, then sure, that's good regulation," said Chuvakin.
In the 21st century, an online service has the potential to garner hundreds of thousands of hits if it is social networking enabled. Now after a decade of connecting with real world friends online, people suddenly have the desire to befriend strangers.
Though not the first chat service to pair up random strangers, Chatroulette did add video zing to the otherwise bland random text chats.