As well as blocking off the cam, Scott recommends a number of other things you should get in the habit of doing as best practice.He says you should ‘regularly update and patch devices, drivers and applications’ to make sure you’re protecting your device.We know there are plenty of webcam sites online, and so do you. We are a community of models, men and women who adore spending time together online.
But some of those flaws remain unfixed, and one of them lets anybody who can read Chinese and has spy on you, your baby, or your business with the click of a button.
Boing Boing found the app, programmed in China, which simply searches the internet for common models of webcams — used for everything from a cheap security system to a baby monitor — and plugs in the default password (which many people forger or neglect to change).
If it works, the webcam’s owner instantly has an audience, without their knowledge or any way to spot them.
The good news is that this is easy to fix: Just change the password when you pick up a new webcam.
‘Or, if it is intentionally made vulnerable during production as part of an adversarial nation-state campaign, or if the consumer practices poor cyber-hygiene and Information Security.’ As easy as it is for someone to hack, it’s a bit harder to spot when you’re the one being targeted.
Scott, however, said that a major clue is if the little LED light next to your camera is on, even when you’re not using it.
And once they’ve watched you for long enough, chances are they’ll try their luck blackmailing you with something they’ve seen.
So how can you tell if your camera has been compromised? James Scott, senior fellow at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology in the US, recently published a paper called: ‘America Exposed: Who’s Watching You Through Your Computer’s Camera?
Someone could be watching you through your webcam, without you even realising.
We don’t mean to unduly alarm you, but unsecured cameras on your computer could provide a malicious hacker with a direct window into your life.
Cybersecurity has become a pressing issue, from the national level right down to the personal.