Security Cameras: Anything But Secure

Video from cheap wireless baby monitors can be easily intercepted
Baby monitors that transmit video using 2.4 GHz radio technology are open to snoops Illustration by Steve Caplin

I recently installed a screen on the dashboard of my new pickup truck. The screen is configured to display video transmitted wirelessly from a camera installed on the truck’s bumper, a system designed to help avoid collisions while backing up. But the monitor picks up a lot more than intended. Driving through the suburbs outside Detroit, the screen first shows the feed from one home’s front-yard security camera. Next, surveillance footage from a party store appears. Then there’s the image of a crib transmitted by someone’s baby monitor.

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