Airbnb renters keep finding hidden Wi-Fi cameras watching them without them knowing. If you want to ensure your privacy in a rental, this shell script will find any Wi-Fi cameras on the network and disable them.
Photo by Ravi Shah.
The rise in popularity of cheap cameras like Google’s Nest DropCam make it easier than ever for homeowners to install basic surveillance systems. And while Airbnb suggests that hosts respect their guests’ privacy, they don’t explicitly say that hosts can’t have video or audio surveillance equipment installed and monitoring guests. This understandably bothers a lot of people who expect privacy in a rental they’re paying for. Fortunately, engineer and software developer Julian Oliver came up with a simple script to knock those types of cameras offline. Once you connect to the Airbnb’s Wi-Fi, a quick run of Oliver’s dropkick.sh script will find and disconnect the Wi-Fi enabled cameras on the network and give you some privacy.
Before you make the decision to use the script, however, Oliver explains that it may be illegal to run in the US due to changes made by the FCC last year. So use the script at your own risk while travelling. You can find the complete instructions and more information at the link below.
Detect and disconnect WiFi cameras in that AirBnB you’re staying in [Julian Oliver via Motherboard]
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