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Should you be scared of your laptop’s webcam?

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Pretty much every laptop – and for that matter, tablet and smartphone – has at least one camera fitted that's pointing at us all the time. But how worried should we be about eyes on us? Can the nefariously-minded switch them on to spy on us? 

Should you be scared of your laptop’s webcam?

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Sophisticated mobile spyware Pegasus found in the US and 44 other countries

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After the malware installs on the target’s iPhone or Android phone without the user’s knowledge, it is then capable of spying via the phone’s camera and microphone. 

Sophisticated mobile spyware Pegasus found in the US and 44 other countries

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The Rise of Video Voyeurism

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Video voyeurism is the use of any camera or any other image recording device for the purpose of observing, viewing, photographing, filming, or videotaping a person where that person has not consented to the observing, viewing, photographing, filming, or videotaping and it is for a lewd or lascivious purpose. Tap on the image to see what Dr. Oz has to say.

The Rise of Video Voyeurism

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Someone could be spying on you through your webcam, and you may not even know it

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Hackers are indeed able to gain access to your screen, webcam, microphone and more through something called a remote administration tool (RAT). Creepy! These do have legitimate uses, like when an IT professional gains access to your computer to fix it. But hackers (or ratters) also use this tool to steal information from your computer, play pranks on you, or use your webcam to grab videos and photos of whoever is in front of the computer. Tap on the image and read more.

Webcam RATs

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Indictment alleges man created cross-platform 'Fruitfly' malware that covertly operated cameras and spied on thousands of computers over 13 years

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Prosecutors said the malware surreptitiously allowed the controller to secretly take complete control of an infected computer -- including recording from the webcam and microphone, viewing what's on the screen, controlling the keyboard and mouse, and remotely downloading filesTap on the image and read more.

Fruitfly Malware

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