These cameras are not hacked. Public-camera.com is a search engine for Internet-connected devices - webcams and IP cameras. All cameras listed on the site do not have any password protection and sources can be found on the internet.. There are several sources, eg shodan.
These are web cameras with IP addresses, which send a continuous stream of pictures in the Motion JPEG format. These feeds are checked every three hours or so. The first frame of the video is grabbed and resized as a thumbnail. The general location is at first guessed based on the IP number, but can be edited by whoever has better information.
How to remove my camera from this site?
- If you want to leave your surveillance camera public accessible or want to remove it from this site send the URL of your camera to email from contacts section. But remember that your camera still will be available to all internet users that use surveillance camera search software and sites like Shodanhq.com .The only solution to make your camera private is to set up a password!
For most major brands that information can be found in their technical documentation. Quite often it is called "CGI interface commands" or something like that.
A list of models and brands configurations is available in the section: how to connect IP camera.
IP Vision handles HTTP authentication. Some cameras do not support HTTP authentication and require that userid/password be passed as parameters. If that is the case you need to edit the "Path:" and add userid/pw as required.
These videos are most likely copyrighted by whoever owns the cameras. The snapshots you see here appear as fair use according to copyright law. However, if a picture from your webcam appears here and you object to that, let us know and it will be removed.