Warning over hacked webcams

By Dyenamic Solitions - Last updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Webcams should be covered when not in use because hackers could be using them to spy on people a charity has warned.Warning over hacked webcamsChildnet International says webcams should be disconnected when not in use, and teenagers should not leave webcams in bedrooms or other private areas.

Hackers are able to gain access to victims’ computers using a piece of malicious software (malware) called a remote-access Trojan (Rat). Many Rats now include a function allowing a hacker to access the victim’s webcam without their knowledge.

The malware is spread in infected files or by tricking the victim – known as a “slave” or “bot” – into visiting a specific webpage.

The chief executive of Childnet International, Will Gardner, says it has anecdotal evidence of webcams being hacked, although it is rare.

“It’s difficult to say how commonplace it is, but it can happen,” he says. “The key advice is not clicking on links or opening attachments from people you don’t know. Pointing your webcam at a wall or covering it up can be good practice, and closing the laptop lid.

The chief executive of the government’s Get Safe Online campaign, Tony Neate, says: “The most at-risk computers are those running older software which has not been updated, and those without up-to-date anti-virus software installed, making it even more crucial that people ensure their computer has the latest version of anti-security software installed across all devices.”

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Source: ChildNet International and Ceop

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