Could someone be watching you through your webcam?
A few weeks ago in Toronto, Chelsea Clark and her boyfriend were snuggling in their own home watching Netflix together on his laptop. This sounds very similar to what lots of people do to relax at home in the evening. What makes this story stand out is that someone was in the room with them.
Turns out that the next day when Clark looked at her Facebook page, she saw intimate images of herself and her boyfriend from the night before sent from an unknown person. The person, identified as Mahmoud Abdul in Cairo, Egypt, uploaded the pictures with a message that said “Really, cute couple [sic]”. The pictures were apparently taken from the laptop’s webcam.
This type of story is not new. This past March, a young man turned himself into the FBI and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for the computer hacking of Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf. He watched her through her computer's webcam for months, and took intimate photos of her in her own bedroom. He then attempted to blackmail her, asking for money for not posting the videos and photos.
You may remember the stories we shared with you on this blog about baby monitors that were hacked in Ohio and in Texas. In both incidents, a hacker took control of the monitor and screamed obscenities and shouted abuse at the toddlers while they were sleeping.
These are stories that make your hair stand up on the back of your neck, especially when you think about the lengths we go to while securing our homes from intruders. We lock the doors and windows, we install burglar alarms and motion-sensitive lighting -- all to keep bad guys out. But these days, it's what we bring inside our house that makes us vulnerable.
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