18 Shodan Queries for Webcam OSINT (2023)

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Have you ever wondered how to uncover the hidden world of webcams using Shodan? You’re not alone. With the rise of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, webcams have become more than just a tool for video conferencing.

They’ve turned into a goldmine for open-source intelligence (OSINT) enthusiasts like us.

In this article, we’ll explore 18 Shodan search queries specifically tailored for webcam discovery. But we’re not stopping at just listing them. We’ll dive into what each query does and why it’s useful. Buckle up, because we’re about to go on a digital scavenger hunt!

What’s New?

If you’re returning to OSINT after a short break, you’ve missed some exciting developments. We believe you’ll find this post to be a valuable asset, especially if you’re a fan of Shodan like us. We’ve manually tested 18 queries, and each one delivers tangible results.

Webcam Searches: Your Starter Kit

General Searches

  • title:camera1: This is your go-to query for a general search. It will pull up anything with the keyword “camera.”
  • webcam has_screenshot:true: This query narrows it down to IoT devices identified as webcams2 that have screenshots available3.

Diving Deeper

  • has_screenshot:true IP Webcam: A tweak on the previous search. Curious about how results might differ? Give it a try.
  • server: webcampxp: WebcamXP is popular camera software for Windows. Use this query to find networks using it.
  • server: “webcam 7”: Less popular than WebcamXP, but still worth knowing.

Specialized Cameras

More Than Just Webcams

Bonus Tips

Other Devices and Providers

  • ACTi: This query will find various IP camera and video management system products.
  • WWW-Authenticate: “Merit LILIN Ent. Co., Ltd.”: A UK-based house automation and IP camera provider.

Unsecured Devices

To Conclude: Your OSINT Adventure Awaits!

So, are you ready to embark on an OSINT quest with these Shodan queries? We think this is a great way to get back into the game. And if you stumble upon something not covered here, don’t hesitate to drop it in the comments below. We’re all ears!

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  1. https://www.shodan.io/search?query=title%3Acamera ↩︎
  2. https://www.shodan.io/search?query=has_screenshot%3Atrue+IP+Webcam ↩︎
  3. https://www.shodan.io/search?query=webcam+has_screenshot%3Atrue ↩︎
  4. https://www.shodan.io/search?query=title%3A%22ui3+-%22 ↩︎
Reza Rafati https://cyberwarzone.com

Reza Rafati, based in the Netherlands, is the founder of Cyberwarzone.com. An industry professional providing insightful commentary on infosec, cybercrime, cyberwar, and threat intelligence, Reza dedicates his work to bolster digital defenses and promote cyber awareness.

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