Shodan and its creator, John Matherly, have no qualms about being very rigorous in the way he collects your personal information from the internet. He has created a Computer Search Engine. Shodan collects data not only from websites but on the actual IP address connected with the device doing the search. The implications raise some interesting questions. People who use this search engine are not anonymous which the creator claims is the main deterrent to hackers. Currently, Matherly is the only operator of this search engine and has access to a significant volume of important data. He is also the only firewall deciding who gains access to his search engine’s result. That is highly centralized power that lacks traditional legitimacy and is mediating a huge volume of potentially sensitive data.
“There are currently 200 million devices on the search engine.” – Matherly
“If a webcam is online, Shodan may be able to gain access to it.” – Matherly