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He still spends a fair bit of his time explaining Shodan to sysadmins.
"Usually once you explain it to them, they're ok with it," he says.
There's also his network of probes, which add new data on 200 to 400 million devices each month.
Matherly pays for all of this by charging security companies big money for access to his entire database.
Using Shodan, he's taken a tour of a Scottish country house, explored a stationary GPS receiver in Alaska, and even examined the control panel for a swimming pool.
The project is nearly a decade-old now, and Matherly – the son of an executive at a Swiss medical device manufacturer – says it has completely changed the way he thinks about the internet.And for people like him him, there's only one search engine. Google has done a masterful job of indexing the human experience – the webpages, books, Word documents, and images and videos that make up our life. It's looking for all the stuff that's connected to the internet, from routers and refrigerators to live webcams that give you a glimpse inside people's homes to, well, who knows what.