But he was caught by authorities and sent to prison.The “sextortion” case generated lots of publicity and gave the impression that such hacking is mostly focused on sex.The woman was shocked when she received two nude photos of herself by e-mail.The photos had been taken over a period of several months — without her knowledge — by the built-in camera on her laptop.People are also very conflicted about the nature and use of computers.San Diego State’s Larson said: “As a society, we want things that are open.
”Hackers can create their own RATs, or simply buy them online. The FBI said hacker Jared James Abrahams of Temecula used this kind of malware in 20 to take control of the webcams of numerous women, and photographed some of them when they were naked.
Not to creep you out, but someone might be spying on you. The web-connected cameras on your laptop and cellphone — and your doggie-cam and baby monitor, too — are digital peepholes for hackers.
Same goes for your smart TV and home security system.
“Your computer, smartphone, home router, electronic doorbell, and security cameras are all realistic vectors for infection, especially if you don’t keep their software up-to-date, and use strong passwords.”Hacking webcams and surveillance systems is a fairly straight-forward process.
It usually involves remote-access trojans, or RATs, a type of malware.