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    (Original post by Naruke)
    Would you like me to link you a forum?

    Just like this one, but made for hackers.

    You can read first hand what talks and tutorials are like...
    Sure. The thing is, any exploit which can be taken advantage of in an algorithmic way can easily be fixed. If anyone actually wants to hack I would say learn loads of programming rather than watch videos and attend tutorials. BTW I'm not even claiming to be a hacker.

    (Original post by LeTamoul)
    You're the best man :france:

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    why does it matter?
    the goverment and cooperate companies already collect tones of data about you everyday
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    (Original post by l'etranger)
    I'm not gonna take it from you because it's ridiculous to think every one of the guys here throwing out jargon is a computer expert, the average CS undergrad at a top university could not pull off any of this **** so I'll be damned if I believe the kids in this thread are going to do it.
    I think you have a very low opinion of CS undergrads... A simple hack with already written software on some poorly written camera just isn't that difficult. You can ask them yourself... What exactly is your objection?

    + CS grads don't do much security work anyway...
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    (Original post by Abdukazam)
    I think you have a very low opinion of CS undergrads... A simple hack with already written software on some poorly written camera just isn't that difficult. You can ask them yourself... What exactly is your objection?

    + CS grads don't do much security work anyway...
    I don't have a low opinion of CS undergrads, I think it's one of the best degrees and I highly respect the field, I have a low opinion of hotshots who think they know better than industry experts who have been handpicked for their natural talent and have years of experience to boot.
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    Yes, it likely is possible. My parents have covered up their webcam with tape after finding out this is possible (as they don't use their webcam). I do use mine so am not covering it but I am very careful about what websites I visit so the chances of anything happening are virtually zero.
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    (Original post by l'etranger)
    I don't have a low opinion of CS grads, I think it's one of the best degrees and I highly respect the field, I have a low opinion of hotshots who think they know better than industry experts who have been handpicked for their natural talent and have years of experience to boot.
    Can you name one for me?

    Just one more question:
    Why do you think companies like Red Hat, SUSE, Google, Ubuntu don't use anti-virus software, and yet their products are run on most web servers, sensitive computers and even NASA? (not to mention the NSA)

    As far as i'm concerned i'm just saying what all the experts have been saying for years.
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    Here you go

    https://access.redhat.com/solutions/9203

    Or are Red Hat employees not experts?
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    (Original post by Abdukazam)
    Can you name one for me?

    Just one more question:
    Why do you think companies like Red Hat, SUSE, Google, Ubuntu don't use anti-virus software, and yet their products are run on most web servers, sensitive computers and even NASA?

    As far as i'm concerned i'm just saying what all the experts have been saying for years.
    John McAfee.


    Firstly Ubuntu is not a company, it's an operating system, the company is Canonical. The reason they don't use antivirus software is likely because they have their own bespoke inhouse security systems because a) they can afford it and b) they know they are likely targets for professional hacking groups.
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    (Original post by spotify95)
    Yes, it likely is possible. My parents have covered up their webcam with tape after finding out this is possible (as they don't use their webcam). I do use mine so am not covering it but I am very careful about what websites I visit so the chances of anything happening are virtually zero.
    lol omg

    I give up
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    (Original post by l'etranger)
    John McAfee.


    Firstly Ubuntu is not a company, it's an operating system. The reason they don't use antivirus software is likely because they their own bespoke inhouse security systems because a) they can afford it and b) they know they are likely targets for professional hacking groups.
    Now you're resorting to pedantry, I know it's not a company, but if I said the company name you might not have known what it was

    Here take a look for yourself
    https://access.redhat.com/solutions/9203
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    (Original post by Pikachū)
    Yes but most webcams now have a light which HAS to turn on when the camera is in use so you will know.
    Said light appears whenever I turn on my laptop.

    Should I be worried?
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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.

    Note:
    • 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...
    Can't modern antivirus/trojan software, pick up on this, such as malware bytes??
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    (Original post by Michiyo)
    Said light appears whenever I turn on my laptop.

    Should I be worried?
    does it turn on as soon as you press the power button? or when windows is fully loaded?
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    (Original post by Naruke)
    lol omg

    I give up
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    (Original post by Abdukazam)
    Now you're resorting to pedantry, I know it's not a company, but if I said the company name you might not have known what it was

    Here take a look for yourself
    https://access.redhat.com/solutions/9203
    Saying some operating systems don't come with anti-virus software because by their nature they are less vulnerable to attack is not the same as saying anti-virus software is useless for those operating systems such as Windows which are more vulnerable.
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    (Original post by Pikachū)
    does it turn on as soon as you press the power button? or when windows is fully loaded?
    As soon as I press the power button.

    Sorry, I am not good with technology. I know it is probably nothing, but I wanted to check. X3
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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?
    The NSA are known for doing this. In my experience of Computer Science and coding, its VERY easy to access people's webcams.

    I personally follow after Edward Snowden (the guy who exposed NSA's mass surveillance) and I've disabled my webcam driver and I've put a little tape over it.
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    (Original post by Michiyo)
    As soon as I press the power button.

    Sorry, I am not good with technology. I know it is probably nothing, but I wanted to check. X3
    then no, just sounds like a malfuntion, the camera cant turn on that fast. Still tape your webcam just incase though
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    (Original post by l'etranger)
    Saying some operating systems don't come with anti-virus software because by their nature they are less vulnerable to attack is not the same as saying anti-virus software is useless for those operating systems such as Windows which are more vulnerable.
    They are vulnerable due to poor design choices, AV is ineffective way of dealing with these. You've been asking for the opinions of experts, and I get that fine, anyone can claim anything on the Internet, but Red Hat, a multi million dollar company which is extremely well known and authoritative, has said they don't see the need in anti virus software on their systems. You either do or you don't want the opinions of experts...
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    (Original post by Pikachū)
    then no, just sounds like a malfuntion, the camera cant turn on that fast. Still tape your webcam just incase though
    Any idea how to solve the malfunction? XD

    Thank you a lot :hugs:
 
 
 
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