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webcam hacking? how to notice and how to prevent it?

by mgjen028 / June 26, 2012 12:37 PM PDT

i heard there is a webcam hacking activity that can be obtained by clicking on a link in an email.
it is so unfortunate that i happen to click on one.
now, how can i know if i have been a victim of webcam hacking?

what i did was run a scan of Panda global protection free trial and i found nothing suspicious, only cookies.
could it be in the cookies that i found? it is so unlikely.

also, i ran a scan of superantispyware and malwarebytes, both in free edition, and i found nothing.

could it be that the webcam hacking activity is strong enough to hide itself from these antivirus/antispyware/antimalware?

i also heard there was a type of malware or virus that can use encryption or use some "patterns" so as to not be detected by antivirus/antispyware/antimalware?

if so, how is this done?
what can we do about it?
is there a way to evidence that it really happen?
if so, how?

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I noticed this long ago.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 26, 2012 2:00 PM PDT

But the short answer is this is a Personal Computer. No malware is required since any app you install could surreptitiously turn on the camera.

Example? PREY at http://preyproject.com/

Nothing nefarious at all going on since we installed this application. It was sad when I saw the makers remove that little privacy slider from web cams.

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Webcam hacking?
by Carol~ Moderator / June 26, 2012 2:11 PM PDT


I noticed a thread you created in March, where you indicated in one post you were concerned your webcam was hacked. If I understood the thread, you were asking if "someone" was able to uninstall the (hacking) software, if they felt you discovered what they were doing. Is that correct?

Might I ask why you're still concerned? Is there anything specific happening, which makes you feel this way? Does the webcam light come on, when you DON'T have the webcam activated? Or are you asking as a .. "just in case" kind of thing?


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