Alert: Cover Your Laptop And Mobile Cameras Now, Hackers Can Access It And Record You

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Owing to the pandemic, you are now using your webcam through platforms like Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams more often than ever.

Most of us own devices that have built-in camera like phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop webcam that we use for work, study or virtual socialising. Even though it is a great boon to us, it can leave us prone to an online attack called camfecting.

Camfecting is an attack in which hackers take control of your webcam remotely. The trick they use is disabling the “on” light which usually indicates that the camera is active.

So you can see, many of our device cameras remain unsecured.

According to research, globally there are more than 15,000 web camera devices (including in homes and businesses) readily accessible to hackers, without even needing to be hacked.

Mark Zuckerberg : To Your Rescue

When your laptop is turned off , webcam can’t be activated.

But, many of us keep our laptops in hibernation or sleep mode when they are not in use.

In this case, the device can be attacked. It can be woken by a cyber criminal, and the camera turned on.

What Mark Zuckerberg does (and you can also do) is, he covers his webcam and masks his microphone.

Shockingly, the number of recorded instances of image captured through unauthorised webcam access is relatively low.

The reason behind this is most attacks happen without the user ever realising that they have been compromised. Thus, these attacks go unrecorded.

It’s important to consider why would someone be interested in hacking into your home device.

It can happen that the attacker might use your personal pictures to blackmail you. While these instances do occur, in most cases the camfecting is about financial gain.

In several cases, cyber criminals try to trick people into believing they’ve been caught by a webcam hack.
Daily there are a huge number of spam e-mail that float in to convince users that they have been caught on camera. But why?

It is done for shaming people so that they pay in fear of being publicly exposed.