I have taken the precaution of some screen shots, perchance the BBC should realise what they have done before you read this.
It all started so innocently. Leo Kelion, one of their technology ‘experts’ discovered that feeds from thousands of Trendnet home security cameras have been breached, allowing any web user to access live footage without needing a password. Nice story.
He illustrated it with some of the comments he found on internet sites such as:
“Someone caught a guy in Denmark (traced to ip) getting naked in the bathroom.”
OK so far, but then:
One user wrote “Baby Spotted,” causing another to comment “I feel like a pedophile watching this”.
‘Some screenshots have also been uploaded’ pants our Leo….and then adds:
Send your pictures and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International). If you have a large file you can upload here.
Would it be a kindness to advise Leo of the provisions of the Protection of Children Act, specifically the incitement to transmit such photographs, or shall we just let him stew in his own juice until the law catches up with him?
Feel free to retweet this to any BBC contacts you have. I shall have more fun monitoring the court case…some hefty prison sentences have been handed out recently for this sort of thing!