FBI can spy using your webcam without activating the webcam light

The #1 community for Gun Owners in Texas

Member Benefits:

  • Fewer Ads!
  • Discuss all aspects of firearm ownership
  • Discuss anti-gun legislation
  • Buy, sell, and trade in the classified section
  • Chat with Local gun shops, ranges, trainers & other businesses
  • Discover free outdoor shooting areas
  • View up to date on firearm-related events
  • Share photos & video with other members
  • ...and so much more!
  • Shotgun Jeremy

    Spelling Bee Champeon
    Lifetime Member
    Rating - 100%
    1   0   0
    Jul 8, 2012
    11,247
    96
    Central Texas
    FBI can spy through your webcam without triggering the indicator light | Mail Online

    Oh, well this crap just changes everything for me. I always knew they could spy using your webcam, but I always thought that your light would at least come on from it being tied in with the camera. I don't really know why but this new info just creeps me out to the point that I just got done placing electrical tape over my webcam. Fuuuuuck dat!
     

    breakingcontact

    TGT Addict
    Rating - 100%
    13   0   0
    Oct 16, 2012
    18,298
    31
    Indianapolis
    Ive had tape over mine for a couple years. I need to figure out how to physically disconnect the mic. I shut off my phone too if i want to talk to someome in person in private.

    The CIA had drones the size of dragonflies in the 1970s. Imagine what they have now. That june bug you just chased out of the house may have been doing recon!

    I suppose thats why the N.SA loves all this open electronic data. It comes to them as they tap the lines at just a few locations. Efficient spying. I mean GO AMERICA! F*CK YEAH!
     

    TheDan

    deplorable malconent scofflaw
    Rating - 100%
    8   0   0
    Nov 11, 2008
    23,112
    96
    Austin - Rockdale
    The FBI team use the same technique as ratters, by infecting the computer with a malicious software – ‘malware – through phishing.By sending an email with a link, which could be to a website, an image or a video, the user is tricked into downloading a small piece of software onto their machine.
    Once installed, the malware allows the FBI to take control of the computer and the webcam at any time
    Even with a video tapping warrant, wouldn't the installation of malware on someone's computer be illegal?
     

    zen1300

    New Member
    Rating - 0%
    0   0   0
    Sep 17, 2013
    45
    11
    This is not limited to FBI. Hackers have been doing this for years. It requires an exploit on the system that can then be used to control aspects. Fun and scary at the same time.

    Virus protection can help, but it only detects known viruses. Much effort goes into created fully-undetectable (FUD) versions.

    It comes down to safe computing - not opening bad attachments, clicking on bad links, keeping system patched, etc. And that only reduces the risk, it does not eliminate it.

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
     

    benenglish

    Just Another Boomer
    Staff member
    Lifetime Member
    Admin
    Rating - 100%
    4   0   0
    Nov 22, 2011
    19,729
    96
    Spring
    And OnStar can listen to whatever happens inside your car.

    And schools have been known to watch kids at home through their webcams on school-issued laptops.

    And, and, and...it never ends.

    I have one computer with a built-in webcam. It's off. When it's on, a piece of tape goes over the lens. If I had a kid, there's no way in the world I'd let them use a laptop with a built-in webcam.
     

    breakingcontact

    TGT Addict
    Rating - 100%
    13   0   0
    Oct 16, 2012
    18,298
    31
    Indianapolis
    And OnStar can listen to whatever happens inside your car.

    And schools have been known to watch kids at home through their webcams on school-issued laptops.

    And, and, and...it never ends.

    I have one computer with a built-in webcam. It's off. When it's on, a piece of tape goes over the lens. If I had a kid, there's no way in the world I'd let them use a laptop with a built-in webcam.

    I dont do On Star. My car is older and not equipped for that.

    I dont do public school so no gov laptops coming home.

    I certainly get your point though, like with the new Xbox One. Invasion of privacy is getting tougher.

    Eventually there will be such a divide where one class is entirely switched on and connected and another class just exists to serve them. Thats until the robots.
     
    Top Bottom