Called “ratters” because of the name of the malware they most often use, these hackers take control of a victim’s computer and and then attack, according to Hackread. An easy safeguard everyone can use to prevent their candid moments from being seen by prying eyes is to attach a small piece of any opaque tape, band aid, or other material over the webcam. Anti-Media Radio airs weeknights at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015.
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More likely, it’s covering the tiny dual microphones built into the side of the machine.
In an informal test, Hill found that would muffle the audio signal, but wouldn’t block it out.
When you think about it, the surprise here is not that Zuckerberg, or anyone else, would want to cover their webcam when it isn’t in use. As privacy expert Adam Harvey points out, in an era when we’re increasingly aware of all the threats to our personal security, it would make a lot of sense for Apple and other computer makers to simply build webcam covers into their machines.
(ANTIMEDIA) Your computer’s built-in webcam is easy to take for granted if you don’t use it very often.
But just because you don’t take advantage of this amazing piece of technology — as a woman in Toronto was recently shocked to learn — doesn’t mean it isn’t being used.
Chelsea Clark’s night watching Netflix with her boyfriend didn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary — until pictures of the couple from that evening were sent to her Facebook account by the hacker who’d taken them from her webcam. We obviously had no idea it was taking place at the moment, but retroactively it was like a really, really deeply creepy feeling. I mean it does feel like there’s just someone in your home with you.” Hackread reported previously that hackers use Remote Access Trojan (RAT) to gain access to unsuspecting users’ computers and record their activity, including webcam sessions.In a separate incident, a Canadian woman who had taken control of users’ webcams was arrested for spying.This RAT malware is easily obtained by young and novice hackers through those with more experience.Meant to celebrate an Instagram milestone—the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app topped 500 million active users—the image’s background shows a desk with a laptop that sports a couple of non-standard features.As one Twitter user noticed and There’s some sweet irony in the apparent discovery that the founder and CEO of Facebook—a company famous for inhaling and capitalizing on its users’ personal data—guards his own computer so carefully.But Second, and more importantly, putting tape over your webcam cover is not really such a paranoid thing to do. So does the laptop of my colleague Lily Hay Newman, who covers cybersecurity.