The Chinese government used a program called Ghostnet—which involved remote access to webcams—to spy directly on the Dalai Lama, though it is not known whether or not they first disabled the indicator light.But it isn’t just governments who are co-opting webcams to do their surveillance work.Matthew Brocker and Stephen Checkoway’s paper, regrettably (though inevitably) titled “i See You: Disabling the Mac Book Webcam Indicator LED,” exposes the flaw in many Apple laptops built before 2008.But PC users shouldn’t rejoice—Mac Books are not the only devices at risk.Rossen Reports: New device lets crooks crack many hotel locks "They click the little link in the card and as far as they're concerned, they're going to see little quacking ducks," Stickley explained."In reality, I've also loaded a Trojan (horse) on their computer during that time." We told Corinne Siegel and the Siegel daughters, Chloe and Cassidy, that we were doing a general story about online security.Read more investigative journalism from Rossen Reports "Someone could potentially be watching you, and this is where you feel most comfortable," Cassidy agreed."I thought I was so safe the whole time, but clearly not," Chloe said. Number one: Leave your laptop closed when you're not using it.
But never fear: Etsy offers multiple options for the fashion-conscious user, including stickers of that irritatingly ubiquitous mustache, a stylish crocheted ghost for older models, and twee animals for the kids.Why leave your webcam so eminently accessible when a simple, only slightly paranoid solution is already at hand?Could predators be spying on you and your kids through your computer's webcam? From thousands of miles away he broke into one family's laptop and turned on their webcam to view teen girls in their bedroom and in their dining room as the family ate dinner. Computer expert Jim Stickley of Trace Security showed us how easy it is.Prosecutors say he was spying on more than 200 women through their webcams, even blackmailing some of them. Rossen Reports: TV and furniture tipovers threaten kids "People who are victims generally have no idea that they are victims," Stickley said. With dad Robert's permission, we had our expert hack into their computer. He sent them an innocent-looking e-card with a virus.