Derek Starnes told a local station that he and his wife noticed a tiny black hole on the room's smoke detector.
While some are obviously meant to be publicly available, others appear to have been illegally accessed — as admitted on the website's homepage, which says it has "been designed to show the importance of the security settings." But from the ads littering the homepage, it may just be an opportunity to profit off of voyeurism.
Many are streamed over the Internet for the convenience of buyers.
Once an IP camera is installed and online, users can access it using its own individual internal or external IP address, or by connecting to its [network video recorder] NVR (or both).
The majority appear to be from cameras running default security settings (like using "admin1" or "password" as a password).
There's are streams from over 11,000 cameras in the United States alone, with tens of thousands of others from places like Brazil, Japan, and the Czech Republic.