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Computer repairman accused of taking nude pictures of women remotely

Date: 2011-06-10 11:28:11

Ken Klein
June 10, 2011 18:11 EST

The Los Angelos Times reported on a computer repairman allegedly arrested for collecting nude pictures from his customer's laptop webcams.

This is a bit far-fetched for most people, but webcam jacking can happen to anyone infected by malware. There have even been incidents where rental stores use stealth rootkits to monitor their rented laptops by snapping webcam photos. See AJC story: Aaron's franchisee denies it spies on computer customers

Webcams are on almost every model of laptop sold. There is a very easy solution to this problem. Simply get a small peice of cardstock and tape it over your camera using painters tape. When you want to use the webcam, remove the tape. Be sure to use cardstock where the camera lens is to keep from gumming up the lens with adhesive. Painters tape is best because it comes off easier. If your worried about your laptop finish, be warned that the adhesive could leave a mark on the plastic.

Category: Hoaxes

Subcategory: Webcams

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