"Suspected users of Rats are continuing to find that, despite having no physical contact or interaction with their victims, they can still be identified, tracked down and arrested by the NCA and its partners."
"We are still trying to determine which Linksys IP cameras are referenced on the site," said a spokeswoman from the US firm.
"We believe they are older Linksys IP cameras which are no longer being manufactured.
"For these cameras we do not have a way to force customers to change their default passwords. We will continue to educate consumers that changing default passwords is extremely important to protect themselves from unwanted intruders.
"Our newer cameras display a warning to users who have not changed the default password; users receive this warning whenever they log into the camera, until they set a new password."
"Every time a user logs on to our system, they are prompted to change their default password," said Sean Taylor, a security executive at the firm.
"We would urge all users to change passwords regularly, in order to maintain the integrity of the system."
Foscam added that its current range of products also requested owners set their own passwords.
“The default password that any Internet-connected device ships with is trivial to locate. Leaving the default in place allows this type of site to be created through very basic scripts. After a simple web crawl and login attempt you can access these devices remotely and most likely without the owners’
6. If your laptop or desktop has a built-in webcam, be sure to have good computer security software. A good security suite includes antivirus, anti-spyware, a firewall and other tools to help keep the bad guys out.
8. Avoid putting webcams in bedrooms or other private areas
9. When not in use, unplug the webcam, cover the lens or point it at a blank wall.
10. Be sure you can trust the person you are chatting to and remember webcam footage can be recorded and potentially shared online.
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