3,000 Public Surveillance Cameras - 1 Website

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Mar 04, 2014

A new website accesses more than 3,000 surveillance cameras over the Internet. The feeds available on the site include, private homes, school classrooms, hotel lobbies and hospitals. We take a look at the site and discuss potential issues.

The Site

The site is called Live Security Cams. On the top right of the screen it displays how many feeds are available to watch.

The domain was registered last year. The site operator recently announced the site on reddit.

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