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Hackers can spy on you through this gadget

Hackers can spy on you through this gadget
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If you don't own a GoPro yourself, odds are you know someone who does. The wildly successful action cameras are popular with everyone from extreme sports athletes to astronauts. But, those durable handheld recorders could also be a privacy nightmare. That's because anyone could hack in to your camera, steal your photos and even spy on your conversations.

According to security firm Pen Test Partners, it's not too difficult to hack into GoPro cameras with simple passwords. Pen Test Partners used password-guessing software that's available on the Internet to break into a GoPro camera. In under a minute, the software guessed the camera's password, which was "Sausages."

[Ken Munro of Pen Test Partners] said that in order to take control, a criminal would need to intercept and crack the encrypted Wi-fi key, which is set up by the user when they connect the camera to a mobile device such as a phone.

Once hackers crack into your GoPro, they can view your existing videos or even watch and listen to you. Munro said that GoPro can increase user security by encouraging owners to create tougher passwords.

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