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Shodan Safari, where hackers heckle the worst devices put on the internet

If you leave something on the internet long enough, person will hack it.

The reality is that many device manufacturers make it far too easy by using default passwords that are widely documented, permitting anyone to log in as “admin” and snoop around. Often, there’s no password at all.

Enter” Shodan Safari ,” a popular part-game, part-expression of catharsis, where hackers tweet and share their worst acquisitions on Shodan, a search engine for exposed machines and databases popular with security researchers. Almost anything that connects to the internet gets rubbed and labelled in Shodan’s immense search engine — including what the machine does and internet ports are open, which helps Shodan understand what the device is. If a particular port is open, it could be a webcam. If certain header comes back, it’s backend might be viewable in the browser.

Think of Shodan Safari as internet dumpster diving.

From cameras to routers, infirmary CT scanners to airport explosive detector units, you’d be amazed — and depressed — at what you can find exposed on the open internet.

Like a toilet, or prized flowerpot plant, or — as we see below — someone’s actual goat.

The reality is that Shodan daunts people — and it is appropriate to. It’s a window into the world of absolute anxiety. It’s not just uncovered machines but databases — storing anything from two-factor codes to your voter evidences, and where you’re going to the gym tonight. But devices take up the bulk of what’s out there. Exposed CCTV cameras, license plate readers, sex playthings, and smart home appliances. If it’s out there and uncovered, it’s probably on Shodan.

If there’s ever a lesson to device manufacturers , not everything has to be connected to the internet.

Here’s some of the worst things we’ve procured even further.( And here’s where to transmit your best notes .)

Heathrow Airport's Terminal

An office air conditioning controller.( Screenshot: Shodan)

Instagram

A weather station monitor at an airport in Alabama.( Screenshot: Shodan)

internet-connected knee recovery machine

A web-based fiscal system at a co-operative credit bank in India.( Screenshot: Shodan)

Kodak

For some reason, a beef factory.( Screenshot: Shodan)

Microsoft Windows

An electric music carillon near St. Louis. used only for stimulating religion bell musics.( Screenshot: Shodan)

Texas

A bio-gas production and refinery plant in Italy.( Screenshot: Shodan)

web interface

A bird. Just a fowl.( Screenshot: Shodan via @Joshbal4)

Heathrow Airport's Terminal

A brewery in Los Angeles.( Screenshot: Shodan)

Instagram

The back end of a cinema’s projector structure. Many simply extend Windows.( Screenshot: Shodan via @tacticalmaid)

internet-connected knee recovery machine

The engine room of a Dutch fishing craft.( Screenshot: Shodan)

Kodak

An explosive residue detector at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 3.( Screenshot: TechCrunch)

Microsoft Windows

A fish tank water self-control and temperature monitor.( Screenshot: Shodan)

Texas

A climate control system for a bloom store in Colorado Springs.( Screenshot: Shodan)

web interface

The web interface for a Tesla PowerPack.( Screenshot: Shodan via @xd4rker)

Heathrow Airport's Terminal

An Instagram auto-follow bot .( Screenshot: Shodan)

Instagram

A terminal used by a pharmacist.( Screenshot: Shodan)

internet-connected knee recovery machine

A controller for video displays and speakers at a Phil’s BBQ restaurant in Texas.( Screenshot: Shodan)

Kodak

A Kodak Lotem printing press.( Screenshot: Shodan)

Microsoft Windows

Someone’s already hacked lawn sprinkler system. Yes, that’s Rick Astley.( Screenshot: Shodan)

Texas

A sulfur dioxide detector.( Screenshot: Shodan)

web interface

An internet-connected knee recovery machine.( Screenshot: Shodan)

Heathrow Airport's Terminal

Somehow, a really old version of Windows XP still in existence.( Screenshot: Shodan)

Instagram

Someone’s workout machine.( Screenshot: Shodan)

Read more: https :// techcrunch.com/ 2019/01/ 21/ shodan-safari/