Warning to people with Webcams: I can see you!

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  1. TimTurner profile image69
    TimTurnerposted 13 years ago

    I found a message board (not going to mention the site) that has tons and tons of security cams and webcams across the WORLD that you can watch.

    The site is run by hackers that can turn on your webcam without you knowing.

    There are HUNDREDS of webcams in living rooms, offices and bedrooms on the site and you watch everything from a family watching TV to some intimate stuff in their bedroom.  I was shocked.

    There are also countless of security cams in stores, banks, universities and even parking lots (boring) that you can watch.

    I have no idea how these hackers do this.

    But, again, just a warning to anyone with webcams....there could be thousands of people watching you and you don't even know it.  The hackers even include the city/state/country of the personal cams.  I've even seen a few addresses.

    I put a piece of tape over my webcam when I'm not using it  hahaha

    That message board creeped me out!!!

    1. Friendlyword profile image61
      Friendlywordposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      My webcam lights up like a Christmas tree when it is on.  You think they can bypass that? You creeped me out!

      1. schapz profile image60
        schapzposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I believe there's no way to bypass this, as it's a hardware function. But please, do correct me if I'm wrong.

        1. Nxt Borrel profile image60
          Nxt Borrelposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          Luckely most pc's and laptops do have the cam installed as hardware so hackers can't change the settings on a distance. But still they can use your cam when you didn't completely turn off your laptop. If it is is sleeping mode they can open your cam.

    2. profile image52
      JohnStewardtposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Hey Tim - if you are interested in a legitimate product to prevent webcam hacking - google camJAMR Webcam Covers or go to www.camjamr.com

      I love using them. They work just as advertised. Just figured I'd help out!


      1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
        Stevennix2001posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Kind of old news to be honest, as I could've told you that, and I'm a dumbass.  lol.  Just kidding.   All jokes aside yeah this is why you should never leave your webcam hooked up to your pc when your not using it.  And if you have a laptop with a built in webcam, you should always try to find ways to keep that covered up unless you want to use it for something.

    3. Black Lilly profile image60
      Black Lillyposted 13 years ago

      hm.. ok.
      All my laptops have an in-built webcams, though I never use them - should I cover those?

      1. TimTurner profile image69
        TimTurnerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah, I would.

        These hackers are crazy.

      2. profile image52
        JohnStewardtposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Check out camJAMR Webcam Covers. I use them on all of my devices with built-in web cameras. You just stick them over the lens, and remove them when you want to use the camera. They are specially designed for this use, they work great. www.camjamr.com

    4. rebekahELLE profile image85
      rebekahELLEposted 13 years ago

      I never use a web cam for that purpose.

      1. TimTurner profile image69
        TimTurnerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        It doesn't matter what you use your webcam for.  They can turn it on, without you knowing, and watch you do anything.  You can just be sitting there doing paperwork but people could be watching you.

        It's crazy.

        1. rebekahELLE profile image85
          rebekahELLEposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I don't use one, it's in my garage sale pile unopened, unused.
          do you use a mac or pc?

    5. TimTurner profile image69
      TimTurnerposted 13 years ago

      Oh and another thing....the site promotes a company that sells a program that you can record anything on the webcam.

      I guess that's their goal is to get you to buy that.

      So you can record what's happening on the webcam that you're watching.  In other words, you're most intimate moments could be recorded and traded amongst people because someone, not only watched you, but recorded it.

      That site seriously freaked me out.  Put a piece of tape on your webcam whenever you're not using it people!

      1. Brian Leighton profile image58
        Brian Leightonposted 13 years ago

        If your anti-virus software is configured correctly, then you would not have unmonitered ports left open. By visiting the website, it is possible they had a malware script built in that ran but I seriously doubt if it could activate your webcam...

        1. rebekahELLE profile image85
          rebekahELLEposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          yes, and enable your firewall and especially if on a pc remember spyware does not guard against peripherals which would include a separate webcam. you need a super anti-spyware.

          if using wireless wabcam or wireless router enable your security key and use highest encryption available.

          1. prettydarkhorse profile image56
            prettydarkhorseposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            that is just crazy, thanks for the information Ms RebekahElle

      2. wrenfrost56 profile image55
        wrenfrost56posted 13 years ago

        OMG! Creepy! hmm

      3. Don W profile image82
        Don Wposted 13 years ago

        it's big brother with a viral twist

        1. darkside profile image69
          darksideposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          It's more like little brother peeping through keyholes that they shouldn't.

          If any hackers are bothered accessing my webcam right now they must be infinitely bored.

          Or like the sight of a man who has just got out of bed, sitting in a dressing gown, sipping on a coffee, looking unkempt.

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            Miss Takeposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            ugh you look terrible, really terrible......

          2. Dame Scribe profile image59
            Dame Scribeposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            Alright, DS, no need to tease us single ladies with such a visual lol as for guys, the tumble out of bed look can be hot for gals too you know wink lucky you are married, hehehe

            1. heckstallmaffei profile image60
              heckstallmaffeiposted 13 years agoin reply to this


      4. waynet profile image66
        waynetposted 13 years ago

        Oh no! what if I am doing the five knuckle shuffle and they are watching, when it's on it goes red and when it's not it's green so I may be safe!!lol!

        1. darkside profile image69
          darksideposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          What's the difference between pink and purple?

      5. profile image0
        Crazdwriterposted 13 years ago

        Hey if they wanna see me without makeup on, my hair all over the place, and me looking like crap...they really must be bored.

        What losers!

      6. Lisa HW profile image63
        Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

        That (possibly paranoid) thought has occurred to me, which is why I won't connect the little webcam I have (although my PC is in the main part of the house, and all anyone would see is me sitting in front of the screen from one end of the day to the next.  smile

      7. Dee Dee MonSherie profile image60
        Dee Dee MonSherieposted 13 years ago

        Do you have to be signed up with webcam software for a laptop video cam to be activated remotely?

      8. profile image49
        kdawg001posted 13 years ago

        My webcam on my laptop has a blue light that turns on when my webcam is active. Would they (hackers) be able to disable this??

      9. Jane@CM profile image60
        Jane@CMposted 13 years ago

        I'm sorry, I can't really believe this.  I know when my webcam is on, which is rare.

        Gosh, they'd be pretty frickin bored looking at this old Grey haired lady in her jamies LOL LOL, if I smile, do you think they can tell I haven't brushed my teeth big_smile big_smile

      10. profile image0
        TMinutposted 13 years ago

        Maybe one of them can find Misha for us! :-)

      11. profile image0
        cosetteposted 13 years ago

        well, if it puts a tiny thrill into their drab little lives...

        (seriously, those people are crazy! isn't peeping tomism a felony?)

      12. ediggity profile image61
        ediggityposted 13 years ago

        Maybe the ladies should add this to the, "How To Find A Good Man!!!" thread.  With this method you may just find one.

        1. Dee Dee MonSherie profile image60
          Dee Dee MonSherieposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Lol!  You are so fun!!!

      13. Blogging Erika profile image68
        Blogging Erikaposted 13 years ago

        I'm a little skeptical of this, honestly.  I think it's more likely that all the video on that site was scraped and pre-recorded, as a tease to get you to buy their software.  Totally fake, in other words.

        But it's a great example of why you want to have a firewall set up, AND a router between you and the outside world.  And some good antivirus software as well.

      14. sabrebIade profile image82
        sabrebIadeposted 13 years ago

        I think I saw them do that on NCIS: LA or one of the hundreds of police shows I watch...LOL

      15. profile image0
        lyricsingrayposted 13 years ago

        This just freaked me right out and made me put some clothes on lol

      16. Flightkeeper profile image68
        Flightkeeperposted 13 years ago

        I think one peek at me in the morning is enough to have them run screaming from their computer. I am not worried.

      17. Choke Frantic profile image71
        Choke Franticposted 13 years ago

        Oh crud. I've always been paranoid that someone could do that. I recently got over this fear, dismissing the capability of anyone to do this... Now its actually happening! I think I might try the tape idea!

      18. profile image0
        mtsi1098posted 13 years ago

        I see you all now - you are all writing in a forum on hubpages wink

        1. profile image0
          Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Mine is in a drawer with my undies... not plugged in to my comp... Im glad it's not hooked up or  they might get off on watching me do the dishes!

          1. A Driveby Quipper profile image59
            A Driveby Quipperposted 10 years agoin reply to this


            1. profile image0
              Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this

              I do laundry too.

      19. FatFreddysCat profile image94
        FatFreddysCatposted 10 years ago

        Thankfully I don't own a webcam... and I'm certainly not going to buy one now (shudder)

      20. Marisa Wright profile image87
        Marisa Wrightposted 10 years ago

        I don't own a webcam (yes, I know, antideluvian) but if I did, I'd just unplug it when I wasn't using it.

        1. schapz profile image60
          schapzposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Not that easy to unplug a webcam stuck inside your laptop I'm afraid sad

        2. profile image52
          charlie dickinsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          If you unplug it they just plug it back in and continue watching everything you do. You cannot even put something over the camera, because they use x ray and they are actually watching you from the screen itself. They are very very determined to be your friend whether you like it or not... Just ignore and let them finish doing things to themselves to you and hopefully there's not too many of them and it will end soon... there's thousands of them , so we all have a problem and something needs to be done.

      21. prospectboy profile image86
        prospectboyposted 10 years ago

        This is definitely disturbing news here. I have one webcam that I brought for my computer, and one built into my Netbook. They both light up whenever they're in use, so I assumed that that would let me know if I was being watched. Anyway, I seldom use my webcam on my Netbook, but I think I'm going to start unplugging the one hooked to computer whenever I'm not using it.

      22. agvulpes profile image86
        agvulpesposted 10 years ago

        So "Person of Interest" is actually a 'documentary' smile
        For laptop users, If you are really worried just cut up a piece of cardboard and bend it over the screen lid of your laptop smile

      23. Doctor Kristy profile image89
        Doctor Kristyposted 10 years ago

        This story freaked me out enough to put blu-tack over my webcam years ago:

        http://boingboing.net/2010/02/17/school … udent.html

      24. HoneyBB profile image92
        HoneyBBposted 10 years ago

        I have also heard that this happens a while back. The important thing to remember is that Your Webcam does Not have to be on. They can still get in it. Some companies started making laptops with little sliding doors so people can close them denying access to hackers specifically because hackers were doing this to people.  I sometimes put something over mine but sometimes I don't care enough to go look for something to cover it up with.

      25. Pearldiver profile image69
        Pearldiverposted 10 years ago

        I have trained my cat to stand for hours, backwards, with his tail up and...

        Stand still with 3 paws on the 'F' key and 1 paw the 'O' key ('F' 'O' 'F' 'F')...


        To anyone checking out my webcam... It must look some @SS is looking back at them! smile

        I always wonder... which @ss will 'Twitch' First??  lol

      26. profile image0
        Brenda Durhamposted 10 years ago

        This is just wrong.
        Thanks for the warning.
        Is it just laptops or is it any computer?

      27. paradigmsearch profile image59
        paradigmsearchposted 10 years ago

        But wait! There's more...

        "Your favorite Android app could be tracking you right now"

        http://now.msn.com/android-apps-collect … ation-data

        And so it goes...

      28. Cheeky Girl profile image67
        Cheeky Girlposted 10 years ago

        Most mobile phones can do this. Actually mobile phones are notorious for doing this, and even security software installed on iPhones has helped to catch thieves by sapping their picture and putting them on the web. But for the wise, cover the camera when you don't want to use. Too many pervs out there.

      29. waynet profile image66
        waynetposted 10 years ago

        I heard that if you are about to have a sly five knuckle shuffle, then your webcam activates and records your thoughts too.....I'm thinking that all electrical devices do this, so you should watch out for your Toaster as the toast pops up...it could mean that someone has been watching you crack one out whilst waiting for the Toast to be ready!

        1. SimeyC profile image89
          SimeyCposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Remind me never to have toast at your house! big_smile

          1. bBerean profile image60
            bBereanposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            I've seen breakfasts at Waynet's house through his toaster before, and let me tell you, you'll be missing out.

            1. SimeyC profile image89
              SimeyCposted 10 years agoin reply to this

              I'm just not asking for cream in my coffee big_smile

        2. profile image0
          Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Im pretty sure if that's taking place at Waynes house, we wouldn't need a translation for his thoughts.

      30. Pearldiver profile image69
        Pearldiverposted 9 years ago




        Down Here......

        I can see a Spammer, all over this thread....

        But it's only visible when..

        Pssst... Sorry.... I was saying that you can only see the spammer if:

        I'm trying to say this quickly.... but you can only see them if

        Oh..... No!!!   roll

        You use....

        ENTER key.....

        Phewwww this is really hard!!

        While you hold down

        Oh No!!  sad

        The control key with your nose

        AND LOOK towards

        The upper left corner of your screen.... (there that's better smile ).... then

        OMG  OMG  OMG!!

        I can't believe what I'm seeing.... sad


        Soooooo that's where my Peanut Butter toastie got to......

        Nope.... sorry.... false alarm...


        It's that spammer  JohnStewardt  and he's...

        having breakfast at Waynet's place!!

        Now..... I wonder why he's.....

        hang on....

        why he's.....

        Doing that with is middle finger.... sad

        Nope..... he's not at Waynet's place.... he's...

        Awwwww Yuk!!! 

        OMG..... OMG....  How Gross!!!

        How do I get my nose off the keyboard????

        OMG this dude is watching ME!!!   sad

        And he's....

        OMG.... he's got a really small......

        you know....

        a small.....

        camera attached to my computer... 

        but I'm pretending to be offline.... Phew, that was def not Waynet!  smile

      31. Zelkiiro profile image89
        Zelkiiroposted 9 years ago

        Good thing I'm too cheap for a webcam, then, I guess?

      32. Stacie L profile image89
        Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

        I keep my webcams covered at all times  hmm

      33. profile image0
        Mikey Carrollposted 5 years ago

        You can find a webcam cover for around $5 to $10 on Amazon to keep it covered.

        1. FatFreddysCat profile image94
          FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Or, y'know, just put a piece of tape over it.

      34. Vichet Sen profile image60
        Vichet Senposted 4 years ago

        My webcam is not covered and potential to hackers now. Fear!! smile

      35. Engineer tech profile image61
        Engineer techposted 4 years ago

        Turn off

        1. Sreelesh Kumar profile image67
          Sreelesh Kumarposted 4 years ago

          Oh! thanks for letting us know about such a danger hanging in our bedrooms.

        2. profile image0
          neha asgharposted 4 years ago

          yes thats really true... i know it since 2 years.. but know im wondering that why i haven't putted piece of tape yet??

        3. joshua david 96 profile image43
          joshua david 96posted 4 years ago

          how they can see me even my laptop is power-off?

        4. engineerai profile image59
          engineeraiposted 3 years ago

          This is not only with the webcams infact with every technical product. As technology grows the privacy concern become more bigger.

        5. Nxt Borrel profile image60
          Nxt Borrelposted 2 years ago

          What is the name of the website?


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