Sunday, May 12, 2013

Government denied access to webcams.

Last week, a federal judge in Texas refused to authorize the government to hack a computer suspected of criminal use, including controlling the computer's camera.  The government had sought a warrant to "surreptitiously install[] software designed not only to extract certain stored electronic records but also to generate user photographs and location information over a 30 day period." Noting the high standards for a warrant for wiretaps and video surveillance under the federal rules and the Fourth Amendment, Judge Smith determined that the government had not met its burden.

Judge Smith looked carefully at the legal issues, but you can't be sure that every judge will be familiar enough with the law and technology to stand up to overly broad government requests. At the same time, you may be concerned that malicious hackers or rogue government entities will take control over your camera. But you can protect against the effects of webcam hacking with a few easy steps.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

FBI: Webcam hacking next big cyber crime

JACKSON, Miss. —Are people spying on your family right now? If you have a camera on any of your home computers, they may be.

The FBI said webcam hacking is likely the next big cyber crime. 16 WAPT's Megan West explained how easy it is to become a victim in a special report.
At least twice a week, Sarah Broadus logs onto Skype with family members all over the country. She likes to keep them up-to-date on her three growing girls.
"It's crazy how you can just press a button and there they are on the other side of the screen," Broadus said.
But now, some cyber creeps are hacking into that same technology to spy on unsuspecting computer users.
"Some are just perverts," said Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.
Hood said the online peepers use malicious software to tap into laptop webcams. Some know how to break into your camera and watch you anytime they want.
"You may switch your camera off on your laptop but the technology is such that it can cut your camera on and you not know it," Hood said.
The hackers can take what you think are private moments in your bedroom, in your hotel, or with your family and transmit the images wherever they want.
A quick search on Google can reveal a seedy new underworld and step-by-step instructions on how to invade your computer privacy. READ MORE >>

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