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    (Original post by Naruke)
    Believe me, you don't need the slightest bit of intelligence to pull this off. I'm confident that you could type into Youtube "How to hack into a webcam" and a tutorial would come up explaining all there is to know.

    I take Computer-Science, so I know a bit about this. A 'Hacker' or a 'Script kiddie' will purchase a RAT (Remote Administration Tool). Having access to a RAT means you can build a virus/stub, this is what gives 'hackers' remote administration over your computer. All they need to do is send you the virus, you download it and then they can do anything they want with your computer.

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    • Just because you don't see your blue light on, doesn't mean they are not watching you. Most RATs can turn on your webcam but prevent the light from showing.
    • Anti-Virus will not help you, since there are things called Crypters. Crypters allow viruses to go undetected.
    • Hackers can bind normal files to viruses. Example, say you wanted to download a song. You could download the song and be downloading a virus in the background without knowing. So, when the download is finished you will have your song but wouldn't know you also just downloaded a virus...
    This makes me laugh. If it's literally this easy to '''''hack''''' then it would be easy to plug the flaws in software. Most internet security packages will scan files before you open them so even if you convinced a random stranger just download something, it's not like it's gonna be plain sailing. This is the whole point in hacking, there is no systematic way of doing it, it relies on understanding of the logic behind programs.
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    (Original post by EC)
    Oh my god, intimacy is completely disappearing.
    Hate to break it to you but gone ages ago. Just avoid dodgy websites and you should be alright though, script kiddies aren't very smart, they just used already made tools.
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    (Original post by Abdukazam)
    Hate to break it to you but gone ages ago. Just avoid dodgy websites and you should be alright though, script kiddies aren't very smart, they just used already made tools.
    I mean I didn't think it was that easy to steal information. People have their entire life on their computer. Lol..
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    Saying it's easy to hack is like saying it's easy to day trade, it sure is if you can outsmart most people including experts.
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    (Original post by jessyjellytot14)
    Just curious. Could someone potentially hack into your laptop's webcam and then spy on you/observe you through it from their computer?
    So I could be being watched right now as I type this?
    Yes they can actually...

    All they need to do is to create a malicious software or "backdoor" to gain entry to your computer. Once inside, their code or software can then get "root access" and make use of all the hardware peripherals via their drivers - if that makes sense.

    My advise would be to cover your webcam - if unless of course you are talking to someone on say Skype
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    (Original post by Pikachū)
    It depends on the laptop/camera. As I said most laptops now use the same wire so it's physically impossible to power the camera without the light.

    You would have to tamper with the laptop physically to do that.
    That's not really how webcams work. There isn't a "wire" in the first place.

    Commonly webcams and their associated lights/flashes are mounted on small PCBs and connected via ribbon cables or wires. It's not just a matter of a camera lens and a light in series with a wire, some processing has to happen at the camera. You aren't just supplying power to the light and camera. Power is supplied to a PCB which then deals with the basic processing of the camera, the light and so on. That data is then sent back to the CPU.

    If the same wire were being used to send power to the camera and light then not only would you have no control over the camera but you'd be transferring power and data back. The camera in the link below instead uses a PCIe bus.

    Ths article, while a little outdated shows what a common camera module looks like.

    https://mpetroff.net/2015/10/macbook-webcam-teardown/

    The comments on the article do question whether the LED is hard wired in for power but this seems unlikely. We are moving towards always on cameras that allow technology to respond to our motions. Hard wiring it in would suggest the LED is always on while the camera is on and this would be a terrible idea for always on cameras. And of course there are all sorts of other factors like registry tweaks, flashing new firmware to the camera and so on. Some laptops even offer a setting to turn the LED off.

    Naturally it is hardware specifc but it isn't as simple as there's one wire providing power to the LED and camera.



    Aside from that, it is worth noting that it's unlikely anyone here would be targeted by hackers, it simply isn't worth the time. More likely is you'd download malware that compromises the box. While a webcam compromise is likely, you'd actually need someone scanning through compromised computers looking for webcams that would be worth viewing. It's not at all impossible and entirely likely that a script could be written to wait for movement. However if you were compromised the webcam would be the least of your worries.
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    Not if you're careful. It's mainly done through Trojan horses, so if you're aware of it and are good with computers you should be fine, specially if you're on a Linux OS.
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    (Original post by l'etranger)
    Saying it's easy to hack is like saying it's easy to day trade, it sure is if you can outsmart most people including experts.
    AV software is usually horribly bulky, slow and insecure. You can compromise the AV itself!
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    yes, but it's very difficult and people who claim they're "hacking into your webcam" probably have no clue about that kind of thing.
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    (Original post by Kravence)
    A Trojan hack can easily bypass it and turn off the light so you won't know
    Nope, in modern laptops and webcams, the light isn't powered by software, so it's not possible. If power is delivered to the camera, power is also automatically delivered to the light. You can't modify that without actually opening up the laptop or camera and messing around with the wiring.
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    (Original post by oShahpo)
    Not if you're careful. It's mainly done through Trojan horses, so if you're aware of it and are good with computers you should be fine, specially if you're on a Linux OS.
    One benefit of Linux based OS is packages are often audited and they're on an official website as such, you're warned if you download software from a third party which doesn't have a trusted key. The packages can obviously be compromised, but it's less easier since they're open to public scrutiny.
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    (Original post by Abdukazam)
    One benefit of Linux based OS is packages are often audited and they're on an official website as such, you're warned if you download software from a third party which doesn't have a trusted key. The packages can obviously be compromised, but it's less easier since they're open to public scrutiny.
    Exactly!
    Not to mention the fact that you can more easily inspect the code of whatever you're downloading or using than on Windows, which is often impossible.
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    (Original post by Abdukazam)
    AV software is usually horribly bulky, slow and insecure. You can compromise the AV itself!
    No it's not, it's completely suitable for the uses of most people and whilst I'm sure it could be compromised by huge expenditure of resources, you would have to have pretty damn sexy nudes to justify the level of resources required to break in. The media should stop using words like ''hack'' and use more honest language such as ''figured out their password'', ''set up an open wi-fi network in a public place which some idiot accessed'' or ''phoned up some old lady and told her you're from Microsoft'' because that more accurately describes what happens in most cases. It's pretty much always due to sheer stupidity or someone gaining inappropriate access to a system due to espionage or malpractice rather than a shifty computer genius in a bunker in Siberia.
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    (Original post by EC)
    I mean I didn't think it was that easy to steal information. People have their entire life on their computer. Lol..
    There's some right psychos online tbh :lol:

    I remember reading some guy hacked into a baby monitor and started swearing at it and woke the parents up :rofl:
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    (Original post by l'etranger)
    This makes me laugh. If it's literally this easy to '''''hack''''' then it would be easy to plug the flaws in software. Most internet security packages will scan files before you open them so even if you convinced a random stranger just download something, it's not like it's gonna be plain sailing.
    You want to experiment jk

    Do you understand how internet security packages work?

    They scan files for malicious code. A unencrypted virus will easily get picked up because the code used is in a blacklisted database. However, a virus which has been encrypted, meaning the code used for the virus has been encrypted using a sophisticated algorithm. Most viruses that have been encrypted stay FUD (Fully undetectable) for about a week.

    Don't believe me, see for yourself https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...comet+trolling
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    (Original post by EC)
    And how do you verify if someone actually accessed your webcam?
    The only thing you could do to see whether your computer has been hacked is to check corrupted files and activity logs. This will give you clues about an eventual intrusion, from the type of intrusion you will be able to know whether the hacker had access to the camera or not , but that's all you can do. If you are that scared about access to your webcam, tape a piece of paper on the lens and remove only when you are ready to use it(that's what I do).
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    (Original post by l'etranger)
    No it's not, it's completely suitable for the uses of most people and whilst I'm sure it could be compromised by huge expenditure of resources, you would have to have pretty damn sexy nudes to justify the level of resources required to break in. The media should stop using words like ''hack'' and use more honest language such as ''figured out their password'', ''set up an open wi-fi network in a public place which some idiot accessed'' or ''phoned up some old lady and told her you're from Microsoft'' because that more accurately describes what happens in most cases. It's pretty much always due to sheer stupidity or someone gaining inappropriate access to a system due to espionage or malpractice rather than a shifty computer genius in a bunker in Siberia.
    It's really not though, honestly no idea what kind of algorithms these AV guys use since most are closed source but they clearly don't work. Go to a random website, click a dodgy link and you'll be compromised in minutes.
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    (Original post by EC)
    Wow, I can't even have some me time nowadays without being watched. :bawling:
    So long as you're not going on dodgy websites or ****, I don't think people will hack into your webcam randomly :rofl:
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    Don't GCHQ do this all the time?
    Lmao
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    (Original post by WoodyMKC)
    Nope, in modern laptops and webcams, the light isn't powered by software, so it's not possible. If power is delivered to the camera, power is also automatically delivered to the light. You can't modify that without actually opening up the laptop or camera and messing around with the wiring.
    No, not powered. Controlled by software.

    It's very possible and is being actively used on people now.

    No wiring of any sort is required.
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    (Original post by LeTamoul)
    The only thing you could do to see whether your computer has been hacked is to check corrupted files and activity logs. This will give you clues about an eventual intrusion, from the type of intrusion you will be able to know whether the hacker had access to the camera or not , but that's all you can do. If you are that scared about access to your webcam, tape a piece of paper on the lens and remove only when you are ready to use it(that's what I do).
    Unless they compromise the system logger :lol:. Tbh most hackers just don't know much about low level system programming to do a lot of damage if you're careful you should be fine.
 
 
 
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