Of course, hackers don't need Shodan to access unprotected webcams, or hack into poorly protected devices.
But when It comes cyberstalkers using information gathered this way for malicious purposes, such as extorting victims for money, Chuvakin believes such schemes are of extremely limited use.
The agency did issue a report on Wednesday calling on companies to adopt best practices to address consumer privacy and security risks.
"The only way for the Internet of Things to reach its full potential for innovation is with the trust of American consumers," said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez.
"You have to — presumably — hack into a lot of PCs and figure out where there are naked people.