There also are websites that publicly list private web and security cameras that aren’t firmly protected.
This week, web-surfers could watch scientists in a lab at UC San Diego, employees talking at a nearby construction company, and the inside of a house filled with musical recording equipment.
“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.
They can also embed them in email attachments or emailed hyperlinks that ask a potential victim things like, “Do you want to hear an interesting new song?
”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.
their TVs,” said Murray Jennex, a cybersecurity professor at San Diego State University.
“Many of them don’t even realize that these things have cameras and microphones.”Most computer users don’t watch for such threats, choosing to rely on anti-virus programs that can spot and stop most, but not all, malicious software, or malware.
His victims included Cassidy Wolf, who was Miss Teen USA in 2013.