Shodan: The scariest search engine on the Internet
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
"When people don't see stuff on Google, they think no one can find it. That's not true."
That's according to John Matherly, creator of Shodan, the scariest search engine on the Internet.
Unlike Google (GOOG
, Fortune 500
), which crawls the Web looking for websites, Shodan navigates the Internet's back channels. It's a kind of "dark" Google, looking for the servers, webcams, printers, routers and all the other stuff that is connected to and makes up the Internet. (Shodan's site
was slow to load Monday following the publication of this story.)
Shodan runs 24/7 and collects information on about 500 million connected devices and services each month.
It's stunning what can be found with a simple search on Shodan. Countless traffic lights, security cameras
, home automation devices and heating systems are connected to the Internet and easy to spot.
Shodan searchers have found control systems for a water park
, a gas station, a hotel wine cooler and a crematorium. Cybersecurity researchers have even located command and control systems
for nuclear power plants and a particle-accelerating cyclotron
by using Shodan......