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Internet Reveals Shodan- A Creepy Search Engine For Hackers

By SiliconIndia  |   Friday, 12 April 2013, 01:48 Hrs
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A Creepy Search Engine For Hackers


Bangalore: If you don’t want your webcams, printers or home security systems to be hacked, be watchful. Recently, the internet has revealed the scariest search engine called Shodan that peeps into the dark corners of the web, finding servers, webcams and more devices connected to the internet. This search engine for hackers collects information on 500 million devices every month.



Instead of navigating millions of websites, this creepy search engine navigates millions of devices. Sources have reported that one cyber security expert has used Shodan to find an ice hockey rink that could be defrosted, traffic lights for an entire city and hydroelectric plant in France.



A security officer also stated that one could log into half of the internet with a default password through Shodan, adding to incredible security failures. This search engine would bring numerous servers, system controls and printers that use ‘admin’ username and ‘1234’ as password.



Tens of thousands of devices such as webcams, hydrogen fuel cells used in military instillations, power meters, theatre lightings, nuclear power plants and heat pumps were all online, said Dan Tentler, at a Defcon cybersecurity talk, as reported by Zee news.



Now that Shodan would bring more potential threat to connected technology, security professionals have begun to seek out vulnerable devices on the search engine. This would alert more security before hackers with malicious intent can find them.



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