The host of National Geographic’s popular World of Animals program is investigating potential breaches of the network it uses to host its online content, the company said Friday.
“We’ve taken steps to address potential vulnerabilities in our network, but we’re not sure how serious they are yet,” said the host, who asked to remain anonymous.
“There is a very high likelihood that our system is compromised, and it’s a very serious situation that we’re investigating,” said Joe Dolan, executive producer of the program.
Dolan said that in addition to being the host of World of Animal, he is also a board member of the Humane Society of the United States.
“As the director of our new global wildlife program, I want to assure you that our security and privacy practices are top notch and that we have the full support of the entire network,” Dolan wrote in a blog post.
The company, which was founded in 2008, has a network of more than 1,000 cameras and video monitors, including about 1,300 cameras in its main office in Austin, Texas.
The host, whose role is to monitor and produce the World of animals program, said he had been told to remove all of the video footage from the network and that the network would have to be changed.
He said he was also told that he had to remove any recordings he had made of his own pets or those of his staff.
He added that he would not be able to upload new footage to the network until the matter was resolved.
Dola said he and the host were in contact with the network provider, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The World of animal is one of the networks’ most popular shows, drawing more than one billion viewers a year.
The program’s host, Michael E. Williams, said in a statement that the company would be making changes to its network, including changing its password.
“If anyone has the credentials to access my camera network, they have access to my personal data,” Williams said.
“This is unacceptable.
We will be changing our password immediately.”
He said the network was not in any way affiliated with World of Nature, but would use the World.
“It is a program that promotes a sustainable world,” Williams wrote.
The hosts of the World programs, who are called World of Birds, have received some criticism in recent years for their handling of exotic animals.
In February, they faced a backlash when they showed a video of an elephant named “The Lion of Africa” being rescued by two African men who had previously filmed an incident involving an African lion being taken to a slaughterhouse.
The episode was removed from the program’s Web site.