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A guy hacked a small-town security camera to spy on residents

A guy hacked a small-town security camera to spy on residents
image courtesy of Andrew Hammerand

As you know, I've always stressed the importance of locking down your security cameras and network with passwords and encryption. But a town's camera was left unprotected and up for grabs, as one man pointed out after he commandeered it and used it to take photos all over town for over a year.

Andrew Hammerand, a photographer from Arizona, recently took over a security camera atop a tower in a town in the Midwest. Hammerand didn't tell us what town it was on his online collection simply labeled, "The New Town," but the images are of the typical American small town.

The artist spent months and months collecting these images and watch unknowing residents bustle around town. Hammerand told Wired Magazine of his fascination with the project. He said, "It was equivalent to watching a year-long, daily episodic television show without dialogue."

Small, angular house lined neatly against tidy streets, children playing in a park and men in suits walking about town are some of the subjects of his collection.

The low-quality camera added especially haunting features - sun rays, obscured images, time-slice moments and oblivious citizens make up "The New Town" collection.

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