The researcher said communities of webcam-hackers exist where users boast of their crimes Step 1: Unplug it Step 2: Change the password Step 3: Don't click attachments Step 4: Scan your PC for malware Step 5: Look for the indicator light Step 6: Change your webcam Step 7: Turn on your firewall Step 8: Use your webcam sensibly Despite all the available methods, the simplest one, and the one used by experts, is to put a piece of tape over the webcam.Source: BT Security expert Candid Wueest, who works for California-based firm Symantec, spoke to the Metro about the dangers of webcams and how to protect yourself.Hackers threaten to post incriminating evidence to Facebook or Linked In unless a ransom of around £100 (5) is paid.'Unfortunately there are some people just doing it for the fun of it, having power over others,' Mr Wueest said.'If they have someone who really freaked out or cried in front of the machine, they boast about that.'It's one of the ugliest types of cyber bullying we've seen.' The forum's are a dark place - sympathy for the people being exposed doesn't go down well with the other 'rats'.The 'stupidity' of the victims warrants the exploitation and abuse in the eyes of the hackers The ability to remotely take control of another person's camera has long been known, the FBI allegedly had the ability to spy on people via the webcams back in 2013.All machines are vulnerable if the malware is installed, often disguised and easy to download, the malware can get anywhere.The hackers use malware to access the webcam footage and spy on you without you knowing.A security expert has warned that those who don't cover their webcams risk being blackmailed by hackers who have taken incriminating footage of them.The researcher said communities of cyber criminals exist where users boast of the unsuspecting people who they watch 'for fun' through hacked webcams.
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