Webcam Hacking

By Muxe Maxopani

With the fast advancing 21st century technology, a whole new kind of hacking is taking shape. The new centenary has ushered what has now been coined “webcam hacking” – and unfortunately, it is gaining a lot of momentum.

From the early 2000s, quite a number of webcam hacking incidents have occurred across the globe – it is indeed a modern nightmare.

In a particular chilling recent incident which took place in Toronto, Canada, a 27-year-old woman’s intimate photos of both herself and her boyfriend watching ‘Netflix’ were taken through webcam hacking.

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Photos of Chelsea Clark and her boyfriend as they watched a ‘Netflix’ movie online

After hacking her webcam, the perpetrator bizarrely sent the pictures through to the woman via Facebook.

The 27-year-old victim, Chelsea Clark spoke to Canadian news agency, Newstalk1010 and is reported to have said that it was indeed a terrifying notion. She added that receiving those messages through her Facebook account was particularly bizarre. – Especially because she would never have thought that there could be someone watching her. Like a stranger is home with her.

According to Canadian law, the hacking incident was not just an invasion of her privacy, but it was also a serious violation of her property rights. This couple’s property, their computer, was basically accessed completely inappropriately in an unauthorized manner and then to add insult to injury, the webcam was used to capture them in very intimate moments within their home where privacy is sacrosanct. So this is completely unacceptable, law enforcement should be completely all over this.

Davis Carr, a Ryerson media student, said her friends cover their webcams with a piece of tape for fear someone could be watching. Carr and her friend’s way of protecting themselves against such bizarre acts is a way one can use to protect themselves.

Definitely more awareness could help, it’s definitely possible that your webcam can get hacked, so you need to be aware of that but I don’t think it’s time to hit the panic button or anything like that.

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An example of how webcam hacking is performed

Learn more about the incident:

References
1. http://globalnews.ca/news/2156291/toronto-womans-webcam-hacked-while-watching-netflix/
2. http://news.sky.com/story/1376975/webcam-hacking-five-previous-attacks
3. http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/tell-webcam-hacked-33446.html

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