Cyber scare: restaurant CCTV streamed on web

Footage from the Three Chefs restaurant’s security camera streams live over the internet yesterday.Source: The Daily Advertiser

Peepingtoms, thieves or anyone with a web connection could be watching your private moments at home or work.

As break-and-enters in Wagga skyrocket, many residents have rushed to install security cameras to feel safer and deter thieves.

But this could come at the price of becoming a live peep show on the internet.

That’s because many people don’t realise they need password protection when installing cameras themselves.

This was the case for Wagga restaurant Three Chefs.

The Daily Advertiserwas able to watch them hard at work yesterday on 10 security cameras placed throughout the restaurant.

One camera was directed over the cash register, another in the kitchen and others showed customers sitting at tables.

Owner Karl Kelly said he had become aware of the issue recently after someone called him about it.

By late last night he had put in place passwords to restrict access to the live footage.

He said it did concern him that anyone could be watching.

“We put them all in ourselves and installed a few different types,” he said.

“They’re sensor motion detector ones.

“We have a mix of wireless ones and fixed cameras that were already here.”

Mr Kelly said he had a Samsung phone and had used it to access the footage on a web browser.

Noting the restaurant had nothing to hide, Mr Kelly said his main concern was that people could watch the staff close at night.

“We often show the chefs working in the kitchen on the big screen in the restaurant anyway,” he said.

“It is a bit weird and, ultimately, we put this security in for the safety of the staff so we will be putting passwords in because you don’t know who could be watching.”

Owner of Wilsec Security Services in Wagga, Chris Wilson, said it was common for cheap security systems to be bought over the internet or at certain retail stores.

“There are a lot of cheap systems being promoted out there and people can look at (the footage) on their mobile,” he said.

“Normally you have to set up a password and a static IP for a wireless IP camera, but many people don’t realise.

“Technology is changing all the time and there is that move across from analogue to digital.”

Mr Wilson said it was important residents and businesses knew whether their system was secure because of the potential for credit card fraud and identity theft.

He said this could be done by contacting an IT expert, a security company or the retailer for information.

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