Is it possible for a hacker to access your webcam and spy on you? If you expected the answer to be yes then you are right. This type of intrusion is not one that is new. It has happened several times through the years. What you may not know is that it isn’t always the work of an evil doer hacker that has been at the root of it.
While any hacker that is able to make their way on your computer more than has the ability. Access to your webcam may be coming from more innocent sources. Nanny programs designed to help monitor a child’s computer usage, software designed to track lost or stolen laptops, and other seemingly safe software is giving out more access than planned.
Know what your innocent software does
Accessing your computer’s or mobile device’s camera is not very difficult for a hacker. Anyone who has access to your computer can do it without much work given the right tools. This knowledge is not new. What you may not know is that it may be easier than you think.
Software that we may have knowingly installed on our computer may be an easy way for others to access our cameras whether on a computer or a mobile device, without our knowing it. Many parents install software that allows them to keep an eye on what their kids are up to. This is a great idea and don’t let this article discourage you. But the same software that is helping you keep your child safe may be opening up a less than safe doorway as safety software did in this example.
A Pennsylvania school district was sued in 2010. The lawsuit alleged that pictures were being taken of students without their knowledge and while at home. The school district settled with the parents for $610,000. The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office supported an independent investigation that found the school free of criminal doings.
the independent report had found that the software had not allowed a school administrator to take photographs remotely via the webcam on command. The software instead took over 30,000 photographs automatically using software that was designed to track lost or stolen laptops.
The overriding moral here is to make sure that you know what your software is doing. Even more importantly make sure you know what it does with any information it is designed to collect. Whether it is spying or safety software you have purposely installed it can still pose a danger if the information is made available to the wrong people.
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