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
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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!
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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