Warning to people with Webcams: I can see you!

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  1. TimTurner profile image74
    TimTurnerposted 8 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 image60
      Friendlywordposted 8 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 image59
        schapzposted 5 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.

    2. profile image52
      JohnStewardtposted 4 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!

      Cheers

  2. Black Lilly profile image59
    Black Lillyposted 8 years ago

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

    1. TimTurner profile image74
      TimTurnerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, I would.

      These hackers are crazy.

    2. profile image52
      JohnStewardtposted 4 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

  3. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    I never use a web cam for that purpose.

    1. TimTurner profile image74
      TimTurnerposted 8 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 image86
        rebekahELLEposted 8 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?

  4. TimTurner profile image74
    TimTurnerposted 8 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!

  5. Brian Leighton profile image63
    Brian Leightonposted 8 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 image86
      rebekahELLEposted 8 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 image63
        prettydarkhorseposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        that is just crazy, thanks for the information Ms RebekahElle

  6. wrenfrost56 profile image80
    wrenfrost56posted 8 years ago

    OMG! Creepy! hmm

  7. Don W profile image82
    Don Wposted 8 years ago

    it's big brother with a viral twist

    1. darkside profile image81
      darksideposted 8 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.

      1. profile image0
        Miss Takeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

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

      2. Dame Scribe profile image61
        Dame Scribeposted 8 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 image51
          heckstallmaffeiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          lol

  8. waynet profile image71
    waynetposted 8 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 image81
      darksideposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      What's the difference between pink and purple?

  9. profile image0
    Crazdwriterposted 8 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!

  10. Lisa HW profile image67
    Lisa HWposted 8 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

  11. Dee Dee MonSherie profile image53
    Dee Dee MonSherieposted 8 years ago

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

  12. profile image42
    kdawg001posted 8 years ago

    Question?
    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??

  13. Jane@CM profile image58
    Jane@CMposted 8 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

  14. profile image0
    TMinutposted 8 years ago

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

  15. profile image0
    cosetteposted 8 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?)

  16. ediggity profile image60
    ediggityposted 8 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 image53
      Dee Dee MonSherieposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Lol!  You are so fun!!!

  17. Blogging Erika profile image79
    Blogging Erikaposted 8 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.

  18. sabrebIade profile image59
    sabrebIadeposted 8 years ago

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

  19. profile image0
    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

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

  20. Flightkeeper profile image70
    Flightkeeperposted 8 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.

  21. Choke Frantic profile image80
    Choke Franticposted 8 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!

  22. profile image0
    mtsi1098posted 8 years ago

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

    1. profile image0
      Beth37posted 5 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 image60
        A Driveby Quipperposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Tease.

        1. profile image0
          Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I do laundry too.

  23. FatFreddysCat profile image98
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

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

  24. Marisa Wright profile image96
    Marisa Wrightposted 5 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 image59
      schapzposted 5 years agoin reply to this

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

    2. profile image61
      charlie dickinsposted 6 months 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.

  25. prospectboy profile image87
    prospectboyposted 5 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.

  26. agvulpes profile image87
    agvulpesposted 5 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

  27. Doctor Kristy profile image91
    Doctor Kristyposted 5 years ago

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

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/04/webcamscanda/
    http://boingboing.net/2010/02/17/school … udent.html

  28. HoneyBB profile image97
    HoneyBBposted 5 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.

  29. Pearldiver profile image81
    Pearldiverposted 5 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')...

    and..

    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

  30. profile image0
    Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago

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

  31. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 5 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...

  32. Cheeky Girl profile image73
    Cheeky Girlposted 5 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.

  33. waynet profile image71
    waynetposted 5 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 image96
      SimeyCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Remind me never to have toast at your house! big_smile

      1. bBerean profile image60
        bBereanposted 5 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 image96
          SimeyCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

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

    2. profile image0
      Beth37posted 5 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.

  34. Pearldiver profile image81
    Pearldiverposted 4 years ago

    Psssssssst.....












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    Psssst..










    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



    If..
    You use....
    the..

    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



    OMG....

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

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

    Nope....

    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

  35. Zelkiiro profile image96
    Zelkiiroposted 4 years ago

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

  36. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 6 months ago

    I keep my webcams covered at all times  hmm

  37. profile image0
    Mikey Carrollposted 2 months ago

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

 
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