Why You Need to Cover Your Webcam RIGHT NOW

The Anti-Media – by Claire Bernish

Your computer’s built-in webcam is easy to take for granted if you don’t use if very often. But just because you don’t take advantage of this amazing piece of technology — as a woman in Toronto was recently shocked to learn — doesn’t mean it isn’t being used.

Chelsea Clark’s night watching Netflix with her boyfriend didn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary — until pictures of the couple from that evening were sent to her Facebook account by the hacker who’d taken them from her webcam.  

Clark described this as “a terrifying notion. It was a really bizarre thing to receive those messages and it really took a second to be like, ‘OH MY GOD, that’s what this means, that’s the implication of receiving this message is someone was just watching us. We obviously had no idea it was taking place at the moment, but retroactively it was like a really, really deeply creepy feeling. It was very unnerving. I mean it does feel like there’s just someone in your home with you.”

Hackread reported previously that hackers use Remote Access Trojan (RAT) to gain access to unsuspecting users’ computers and record their activity, including webcam sessions. In a separate incident, a Canadian woman who had taken control of users’ webcams was arrested for spying.

This RAT malware is easily obtained by young and novice hackers through those with more experience. Called “ratters” because of the name of the malware they most often use, these hackers take control of a victim’s computer and electronic devices and then attack, according to Hackread.

Toronto Police are investigating Clark’s case. An easy safeguard everyone can use to prevent their candid moments from being seen by prying eyes is to attach a small piece of any opaque tape, band aid, or other material over the webcam.

In fact, if you haven’t yet, maybe that should be the next thing you do.

Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include social justice, police brutality, exposing the truth behind propaganda, and general government accountability. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Ohio. Learn more about Bernish here!


5 thoughts on “Why You Need to Cover Your Webcam RIGHT NOW

  1. You also need an old pin-plug mic, cut the cord, and insert the jackpin into the headphone mic’ hole.

    No current technology exists to override that external mic, which has been dead-headed.

    My cell phone also has the in-side camera covered, too.

    And I was told to do this 10 years ago by a top military communications specialist.

    1. Gem & Rog,
      If you are using a laptop, take it apart and do surgery on it. Remove ALL the radios (unless you GOTTA have wifi, I use ethernet instead, more secure and healthier), install physical switches on the cameras and mic’s if possible, if not, remove them and use external after market stuff if you’re into that sort of thing. Some systems can be made more secure simply by shutting off hardware in the BIOS and locking it, I don’t believe UEFI systems CAN be secured this way. Physical layer security is THE only way in this age. Larger desktop units might have built in mics as well to deal with. And phones, well phones are busy little bees aren’t they? Always have been even in the rotary days, LEO’s could turn on the mics ON HOOK since the 70s.

  2. I had duct tape over that camera the first day I opened this computer up.

    (and thanks for the tip about the mic, Gemini.)

  3. Yep people. Get those “SMART phones” and “SMART TVs”. If you still have flip phones or older TVs, you are looked down upon and shunned by your sheeple friends and all of society for not being up to date with everything and living in the stone age (like me when I’m with my friends in social situations).

    People will never learn or listen to reason until the attacks happen to them. To me, SMART things are stupid and what they consider to be stupid things like flip phones and regular TVs, I consider smart. 😉

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