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Webcams Taken Over By Hackers, Charity Warns

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22967622

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.

A police spokeswoman said webcam hackers would be prosecuted.

But some experts have expressed doubts on how widespread the practice is, and stressed that anti-virus software plays a vital role in preventing it.

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Student Rachel Hyndman, 20, from Glasgow, who has a part-time job in a computer shop, believes she was the victim of webcam hacking.

She spotted the camera on her laptop had switched itself on while she was watching a DVD in the bath.

She says: "I was sitting in the bath, trying to relax, and suddenly someone potentially has access to me in this incredibly private moment and it's horrifying.

"To have it happen to you without your consent is horribly violating."

Watching a DVD in the bath.... I'm not sure where to begin with this sensitive electrical components in a moisture rich atmosphere..... Clearly she has the right job working in a computer shop.

Anyone on here take their laptop into the bath with them?

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This was on fivelive. Though she said she now had a Mac because they didnt have this issue. However the presenters had to clarify this statement as untrue fact. Heard this before.

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I can't be the only one who has a blob of blutak over the lens?

Not that I can imagine anyone who would want to see me in the bath. That said, I'm sure there's a pay per view website for just about any deviation these days.

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Joss Wright, a research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, said ...

"The idea of sticking a piece of paper over your webcam is reasonably common among the more paranoid corners of the hacker community," he said. But it's not necessarily paranoid...

I feel so much less silly now with my little square of white paper and sellotape!

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I feel so much less silly now with my little square of white paper and sellotape!

We will all be coming out of the woodwork now. I coloured mine in with a brown sharpie pen and then dotted it with a blue one. Lens is a euphemism for willy right?

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RATs

Even lots of forums on it. They buy and sell access to computers, etc... All a very sordid business.

FYI: Hack Forums - RAT

If script kiddies can do it, with a bit of code and IP connection, imagine what your government is capable of with mega-billion pound budgets.

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If script kiddies can do it, with a bit of code and IP connection, imagine what your government is capable of with mega-billion pound budgets.

Can't they just watch porn rather than being voyeurs!

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I can't be the only one who has a blob of blutak over the lens?

Not that I can imagine anyone who would want to see me in the bath. That said, I'm sure there's a pay per view website for just about any deviation these days.

Insulating tape for me.... keep meaning to drop some over the phone too.

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I can't be the only one who has a blob of blutak over the lens?

Not that I can imagine anyone who would want to see me in the bath. That said, I'm sure there's a pay per view website for just about any deviation these days.

Me too!

Wish i could locate the damn microphone as well! Dont want people listening in on my mutterings.

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Anyone on here take their laptop into the bath with them?

I do once in a while - well I take it into the bathroom, not the bath. I put it well away from the bath on top of some drawers and use it for playing MPs.

And it's not connected online while I use it!

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I leave mine pointing at a photo of my genitals - would be a shame for some hackers to miss out just because I'm away doing something else.

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I leave mine pointing at a photo of my genitals - would be a shame for some hackers to miss out just because I'm away doing something else.

I do that too!

Just don't ask me how I managed to get my hands on a photo of your genitals.

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I do that too!

Just don't ask me how I managed to get my hands on a photo of your genitals.

I have fitted mine with a special magnifying lens! :huh: After all, I don't want to disappoint the Internet! ;)

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imagine what your government is capable of with mega-billion pound budgets.

I imagine them spending most of it on caviar, truffles, champagne, very old malt whisky and the finest Cuban cigars.

After that, they then spend another chunk on fast cars, foreign travel, speedboats, casinos, cocaine and whores.

Finally, they chuck a few hundred million to Bill Gates to ensure the job of accessing most of the planet's computers remains a piece of piss for the next financial year.

Yeah, that's pretty much how I imagine it.

XYY

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I leave mine pointing at a photo of my genitals - would be a shame for some hackers to miss out just because I'm away doing something else.

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I feel so much less silly now with my little square of white paper and sellotape!

White paper for me too for my work one, my own has no webcam which is a plus in my book.

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I feel so much less silly now with my little square of white paper and sellotape!

I've always done this with webcams regardless of the operating system I use. It's a very low probability that someone else would gain access to your webcam without you knowing it of course, but why take the risk when the cost of avoiding it is so tiny?

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I imagine them spending most of it on caviar, truffles, champagne, very old malt whisky and the finest Cuban cigars.

After that, they then spend another chunk on fast cars, foreign travel, speedboats, casinos, cocaine and whores.

Finally, they chuck a few hundred million to Bill Gates to ensure the job of accessing most of the planet's computers remains a piece of piss for the next financial year.

Yeah, that's pretty much how I imagine it.

XYY

The one I genuinely worry about is backdoors embedded in hardware made in China. In principle, it would not be at all hard to arrange things so that the Chinese government could access pretty much any piece of computer kit on the planet if there was a clear Chinese-made path from start to finish (routers, switches, network cards, USB drivers, USB I/O devices).

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I leave mine pointing at a photo of my genitals - would be a shame for some hackers to miss out just because I'm away doing something else.

This would pose a conundrum to the authorities as to whether you should be prosecuted under Section 66 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for Exposure or the hacker should be charged under Section 67 of the of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for Voyeurism.

In fact this law could actually pose a bit of a problem for all state eaves droppers who might find themselves on the wrong end of the legislation

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This would pose a conundrum to the authorities as to whether you should be prosecuted under Section 66 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for Exposure or the hacker should be charged under Section 67 of the of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for Voyeurism.

In fact this law could actually pose a bit of a problem for all state eaves droppers who might find themselves on the wrong end of the legislation

Perhaps I should change it to a picture of my lawyer's genitals to be on the safe side.

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