Your bedroom activities are being watched through webcams


Making love in their living room sofas, a couple was totally unaware that their sexual activities were being watched and even videotaped. Worse yet, the video was put on a porn cite afterwards. 


According to a Daily Mail article, the couple had no idea that the video was circulated online until informed by a friend.  Having not made any personal videos themselves, they recognized their living room from the footage. Judging from the angle the video was taken, they figured out that it was filmed out through a webcam attached to their smart TV.

这对夫妇并不是那小小的网络摄像头的唯一受害者。多伦多的一名女子也看Netflix上看电影时被黑客偷偷拍了照而放到了网站上。Temecula的 一名男子因为透过网络摄像头对某些女人进行偷偷窥视,并试图用这些偷拍的照片对受害者进行敲诈而锒铛入狱。明尼苏达州一个家庭的“保姆监视器”也因被黑客入侵,导致孩子的照片流到了网上。

The couple’s plight was not unique. A Toronto woman was photographed watching Netflix by a hacker. A Temecula man was sent to prison for spying on women through their webcams, and trying to extort the victim with photos he took. The “nanny-cam” of a Minnesota family was taken over by foreign hackers and the baby’s photos were posted online. 


A YouTube footage, reportedly obtained from the deep web, shows a number of people using their laptops while unaware that they are being secretively watched by someone who has hacked into their devices. While all pictures show people idly staring at their laptop screens, there is one depicting a woman smoking drugs.  


These incidents have highlighted elusive nature of cyber crimes and the vulnerabilities of gadget users in this interconnected world. In the modern technology era, invasion of privacy is not a new phenomenon, and we are more exposed to hacking onslaught and surveillance threat than ever. Through your digital peepholes that follow you everywhere-- the web-connected monitors on your computer, smartphone, iPad, home router, electronic doorbell, and security cameras, spying has been made so much easier. 


Hacking webcams and surveillance system is a fairly straight-forward process. Armed with a piece of malware called remote-access Trojans, hackers can take control of a person’s webcam, allowing them to conduct surveillance operations on every aspect of your personal life – from your bedroom to your office, watching you snuggling up to your other half or recording your keystrokes on your computers. 

通过入侵网络摄像头还可以让黑客获取到音频信息, 而与视频录像相比,音频信息可能会泄露更多机密,从而会导致你在办公室里的电话通话和面对面会议等日常工作全部曝光。

The audio feed from hacking a web camera may reveal more information than a video, leaving your daily tasks in the office – from phone calls to face-to-face meetings exposed.  

圣地亚哥大学国土安全研究生课程项目副主管莱森(Lance Larson)表示:“网络上的恶意软件或‘有害’软件不胜枚举,几乎所有联网的设备都有可能中招。”

“Malware or ‘bad’ software is prolific on the web, and nearly every type of device that touches the Internet is potentially susceptible,” said Lance Larson, assistant director of the Graduate Program in Homeland Security at San Diego State University.  


Webcam hacking can leave victims in the dark as most computer users don’t watch for cyber threats. Apparently, none of the victims in the above disturbing stories knew that their private activities were being watched by some sweat sex-pests or a cyber-predator, and that a photo of your personal behaviour had blasted out on the internet.   

但是,你也不必因此惊惶失措。所幸的是,想要获得抵御此类网络入侵行为也很简单。你可以效仿包括全球网络安全倡导者们所采取的措施,即通过用一片胶带遮住网络摄像头以保护你的个人隐私。这些倡导者们包括揭露网络监控者斯诺登(Edward Snowden),美国FBI局长科米(James Comey)和Facebook共同创始人扎克伯格(Mark Zuckerberg)。

But you don’t have to be creeped out. Fortunately, getting a solid layer of protection against such exploit is also a straightforward process. You can tape up that Webcam, just like what cyber security advocates did to protect their personal privacy – including Edward Snowden, the global surveillance whistleblower, James Comey, the FBI director, and Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook co-founder.

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