As you remember, Shodan indexes the information from the banners it pulls from web-enabled devices.
These include routers, switches, webcams, traffic lights, SCADA systems, and even home security systems.
Authorities in the United Kingdom say their counterparts in Australia helped tip them off about the site's existence.
But Australian authorities say they are dependent on cooperation from overseas to shut down the internet sites.
This includes homes, shops, sport and performance venues, museums and galleries, schools and similar places.
These places can make rules that ban people from photographing or recording any part of the space or the people within it (unless they can be seen from a public space).
Australians are being warned about hackers gaining access to home webcams and even cameras used to monitor sleeping babies.
"We've started working with our European colleagues to see what action can be taken from their end," Mr Pilgrim said.
But he said computer users had some responsibility to take of their own."I'd really stress that people here in Australia should, if they're using webcams, make sure that they put their own passwords on," he said."Don't use the one that just comes with the equipment because this is how the company has been able to get into the webcams because people haven't changed the standard password that they get when they purchase the webcam."Alastair Mac Gibbon, the director for the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra, said even if the site was removed, it would just re-emerge elsewhere in the world."This comes down to addressing the problem that the website is exposing and that is that, as we increasingly use IP-connected devices like security cameras, we need to make sure that we change the passwords on those devices to prevent people like these from breaking into them and then showing them to the rest of the world," he said.