Webcam hacking hasn't been in the cyber security news sphere very much lately but that doesn't mean it's something that shouldn't still be a huge concern. This is still a major security risk. Protecting your personal information is one thing, but protecting your personal space and privacy is a completely different topic. When you think about someone peering into your life daily and watching your every move; that's a scary thought.
You did know that was a possibility right? I'm sure by now you do; however, if you don't have a little Post-It Note® over your camera on your computer when you aren't using it you're at a surprising risk of being watched. You might not be at risk currently but most people don't even realize how this can happen so easily. If you aren't protecting yourself now AND if it isn't already too late, it is only a matter of time until your webcam is compromised. Another thing you may not know is nefarious individuals can access your webcam with your the little notification light never indicating it is in use.
The last big news story was related to the Edward Snowden's leaks in early 2014 and revealed how governments had access to about 1.8 million Yahoo! users webcams and was part of an operation coined Optic Nerve. Recently there has been more news about the demise of Hacking Team and their affiliation with governments and selling their tools that allow governments to access webcams along with much more information on an individuals computer. Is this scary information? Absolutely. We can save the discussion about governments doing this to their citizens for a later post. What I really want to get at here is the same ability for an average computer user to use these tools, or those similar, to access complete strangers computers and manipulate individuals. There are tools available all over the internet, both free and paid, that allow just about anyone to do this.
Here is a short web film based on a true story of a 31-year-old Californian man who hacked into young women's computers and spied on them:
It's easy to think that this is just a produced film and these things don't happen like this or that often but they do. These instances are more common than you think and many of them never receive media attention because of blackmail or the victims never speak up. Here are a few more horrifying stories if you are convinced yet:
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Source: A Plus Positive Journalism