Wireless Cameras: what you don’t know can hurt you

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Wireless video scanners, a type of technology involved in spying, is available on the internet.

The devices can be used to look in on someone’s wireless signals.

Widespread availability of wireless cameras gives people the flexibility to gain a new perspective.

However, what many don’t know is that many of the signals can be intercepted and viewed by anyone, whatever their intentions are at the time.

All you need is the right tool, or in this case, a wireless video scanner.

The scanners are legal and are widely available online.

WIAT 42 News brought a wireless video scanner along for a trip around Birmingham and surrounding areas.

Just a few minutes from the station, signals were picked up from a security camera posted over a parking lot.

The device automatically scans until it finds a signal and lets you know with a series of beeps.

We were about to locate a UVerse welcome screen in a neighborhood near Caldwell Mill Road. We also found an aftermarket reverse camera perched in the back window of a Ford Expedition. It was found from more than 100 feet away.

Afterwards, we found the owner.

“The distance is surprising that you picked it up from,” said the camera’s owner, Alana Moseley. “I think that people should be aware of the fact that they’re broadcasting over the airwaves whether they realize it or not.”

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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