Cover your webcam

Cover up your webcam camera with a piece of black masking tape or unplug it when you’re not actively using it. Some malware can enable the camera whilst disabling the ‘active’ light.

Read more

  • Webcams taken over by hackers, charity warns @ BBC News

    Excerpt: Webcams should be covered when not in use because hackers could be using them to spy on people, a charity advises. Childnet International says webcams should be disconnected when not in use, and teenagers should not leave webcams in bedrooms or other private areas. A BBC Radio 5 live investigation found sites where hackers exchanged pictures and videos of people captured on their own webcams without their knowledge.

  • Webcam spying goes mainstream as Miss Teen USA describes hack @ Arstechnica

    Excerpt: Webcam hacking has officially gone mainstream with yesterday’s revelation that the new Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf, was the victim of a “sextortion” plot in which someone slipped Remote Administration Tool (RAT) software onto her computer and used it to snap (apparently nude) pictures of Wolf in her room. “I wasn’t aware that somebody was watching me (on my webcam),” she told The Today Show. “The light (on the camera) didn’t even go on, so I had no idea.”

image: IMG_1693 copia by DAVID BURILLO under Creative Commons license