Meet the men who spy on women through their webcams

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Nate Anderson at Wired paints a terrifying portrait of the sick world of webcam hackers, while also pointing out that such perverted snooping is within easy reach of even the technically unskilled:

Calling most of these guys “hackers” does a real disservice to hackers everywhere; only minimal technical skill is now required to deploy a RAT and acquire slaves. Once infected, all the common RAT software provides a control panel view in which one can see all current slaves, their locations, and the status of their machines. With a few clicks, the operator can start watching the screen or webcam of any slave currently online.

For Pete’s sake, folks. Get yourself a webcam cover.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

One comment on “Meet the men who spy on women through their webcams”

  1. "For Pete's sake, folks. Get yourself a webcam cover."

    or better yet, the 'so called hackers' aught to seek professional help.

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