Secret web cams online
A few months back, I wrote about the case of a hacked baby monitor and how essential it is to have privacy and security protections built into your product before going to market.
One of the main issues that led to the story was the default password setting.
The proposed launch capabilities of the device itself are—in pure computing terms—actually relatively modest: the ability to search the web, bring up maps, take photographs and video and share to social media. But, because users wear and interact with Google Glass wherever they go, they will have a depth of relationship with their device that far exceeds any previous relationship between man and computer.
Without wishing to scare you, the short answer is: it’s very easy for anyone to view your webcam.
There are a lot of bad actors and Peeping Toms out there invading people’s privacy on a daily basis.
Last year, for example, Jared James Abrahams—over a two-year period—hacked women’s computer webcams to secretly record and then blackmail the unsuspecting young women.
Read more Students and faculty raise concerns after Harvard University announced it had secretly photographed undisclosed classrooms in a study researching student attendance, The Boston Globe reports.
“Just because technology can be used to answer a question doesn’t mean that it should be,” one professor said, adding, “And if you watch people electronically and don’t tell them ahead of time, you should tell them afterwards.” Harvard President Drew Faust said she is taking the matter “very seriously” and ...
Even in nonsensitive situations, the unsuspecting placement of cameras is a disturbing prospect for people.For more than two years, the now 19-year-old Abrams hacked into at least two dozen computers belonging to young women.Read more A Manhattan woman is suing her two landlords for secretly installing cameras in her apartment to record her most private moments, CBS New York reports.Read more They’re easy to miss but almost ubiquitous.
They’re convenient for video chatting and, most importantly, they’re great for selfies.Plus, in an incredibly disturbing case, a woman in Manhattan is suing her two landlords after she discovered a camera was hidden in a digital clock in her bathroom.