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Hackers search engine `Shodan` named scariest on internet

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 16:35

Sydney: The `scariest search engine` on the Internet has been revealed for peering in the darkest corners of the web and finding servers, webcams and traffic lights.

Shodan, dubbed the `search engine for hackers`, collects information on 500 million devices every month.

According to a news website, the search engine was named after the villain in the cyberpunk role-playing games System Shock and System Shock 2.

Traffic lights, security cameras and home automation systems are all hooked up to the internet and easy for the `dark Google` to find.

One cyber security expert even used it to find a hockey rink that could be defrosted, traffic lights for an entire city, and the controls for a hydroelectric plant in France.

Rapid 7 chief security officer said that one can log into just about half of the Internet with a default password, adding which is a massive security failure."

Searching for `default password` on Shodan brings up numerous servers, system controls and printers that use `admin` as `1234` as username and password.

Independent security tester Dan Tentler, at a Defcon cybersecurity talk, said tens of thousands of webcams, hydrogen fuel cells used in military instillations, power meters, theatre lighting, heat pumps are all online, the report added.


First Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 16:35

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