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Laurianne
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2/27/2014 | 3:25:06 PM
Webcams are hackable too
This does present an interesting example of where an individual would assume privacy -- and would be wrong. Webcams are hackable, too, as we have reported, and some bad actors also want to take still pictures. The advice has been to cover your webcam with paper or tape just in case. It's too bad that the potential benefits of webcam in education, medicine, and everyday collaboration, may be outshadowed by apprehension over privacy and security.
Thomas Claburn
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2/27/2014 | 3:51:04 PM
Re: Webcams are hackable too
This demonstrates the problem with grabbing bulk data off the wire. Anyone who has participated in any embarrassing activity captured in digital form on a network-connected device is potentially subject to blackmail by any intelligence agency with the skills to hijack data.
blueheron
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2/27/2014 | 4:56:33 PM
Re: Webcams are hackable too
What is frightening is that we live in a world where governments believe that because such data capture is feasible it must also mean that it is legal and ethical.
PaulS681
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2/27/2014 | 7:47:00 PM
Re: Webcams are hackable too
This isn't that surprising. It is widley known webcams are hackable and goverments can just say that they are looking for persons of interest and just invade everyones privacy. Sad but true.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/28/2014 | 10:59:25 PM
Re: Webcams are hackable too
Makes you wonder why internal webcams have become the standard...  In the good old days of external cams, you could simply unhook plug it when it wasn't in use.
jgherbert
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2/28/2014 | 11:28:38 PM
Re: Webcams are hackable too
Interesting legal situation. If the images they captured included underage nudity and they are storing these images on their servers, could they not be prosecuted for possession of child pornography?
Joe Stanganelli
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3/1/2014 | 4:38:25 AM
Re: Webcams are hackable too
@jgherbert: That was an issue that was raised repeatedly...although I believe the decision was to not prosecute.

And, for the most part, the school district quickly settled on the civil claims.
Charlie Babcock
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2/27/2014 | 7:17:23 PM
British intelligence like American, only worse
British intelligence was surprised that some of its citizens transmit nudity over the Internet? This must be the same kind of intelligence that failed to see the break up of the Soviet Union coming.
PaulS681
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2/27/2014 | 7:49:17 PM
Re: British intelligence like American, only worse
I thought the same thing when I read this. Like they never would have thought they would get some nudity. I wouldn't be surprised at all if some were looking for porn and just covered there a$$ by saying it was in the interest of national security.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/28/2014 | 10:56:19 PM
Re: British intelligence like American, only worse
@PaulS: I like the distinction "undesirable nudity."

That would imply that some was desirable, no?  :p
David F. Carr
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2/28/2014 | 10:44:43 AM
But since nobody uses Yahoo anymore ...
OK, obviously someone still uses Yahoo, but seriously, why would they target Yahoo in particular? Does it really attract an audience of evildoers?
Alison_Diana
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2/28/2014 | 12:57:43 PM
Re: But since nobody uses Yahoo anymore ...
That was one of my reactions too, David. That and anger.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/28/2014 | 10:57:17 PM
Re: But since nobody uses Yahoo anymore ...
@Alison: This reminds me of that "WebcamGate" case a few years back w/ the Pennsylvania school district that was clandestinely turning on their students' webcams at home to spy on them -- in some cases picking up nudity and partial nudity.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/28/2014 | 10:55:35 PM
Re: But since nobody uses Yahoo anymore ...
FWIW, Yahoo may just be the one we know about.

Although Yahoo may well be favored by foreign "evildoers."  It has been favored by 419 scammers, for instance...


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