You've probably thought about protecting your family and home with a camera. When they're connected to the internet, you can remotely see who's in your house and what they're doing.
That gives you peace of mind. Which is precisely why it's so upsetting that more than a dozen brands of webcams are being exploited by hackers to watch you from halfway around the world, or right next door.
That's more than creepy. It's potentially dangerous. Worse, hackers using your webcam to watch you is just one of a slew of security vulnerabilities they're using to access your internet-connected devices.
First things first. If you're using any of these China-made webcam brands, immediately disconnect them from the internet: Opticam i5 HD, Foscam C2, Chacon, Thomson, Opticam, 7links, Ambientcam, Netis, Turbox, Novodio, Nexxt, Technaxx, Iyue, Sab, Ebode, Qcam and probably others.
Second, and most important, there is not much you can do to protect yourself except disconnect webcams made by the company Foscam. Security researchers have alerted Foscam to several security vulnerabilities, but the company has not yet fixed them.
Note: This isn't the first time security issues have been discovered in Foscam cameras. We alerted you to another issue related to Foscam home security cameras back in 2016. Click here if you missed that story.