Internet Technology : Blackshades - Is Your Web Camera Being Turned On, Watching You, Recording You, Surreptitiously?

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  1. Destee

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    Peace and Blessings Family,

    I just saw a news story about Blackshades, malware that allows someone to activate your web camera, watch you, record you, without you knowing! It does more than that, steals passwords, a host of things, but it turns on your web camera too!

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    International Blackshades Malware Takedown

    Blackshades malware—in particular, the Blackshades Remote Access Tool (RAT)—allows criminals to steal passwords and banking credentials; hack into social media accounts; access documents, photos, and other computer files; record all keystrokes; activate webcams; hold a computer for ransom; and use the computer in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

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    Could Your Computer Be Infected by Blackshades? Click Here To Find Out!

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  2. Michael Smith

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    Peace Sista Destee... at this point my PC does not exhibit any of the listed problems yet... and I've yet to use my Webcam... of which I keep covered (tape)... the in depth information you provided... justifies any little protection our little minds can come up with... "spooky" stuff but necessary to know... "Good looking out"... Awesome information!... Peace
     
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    Haha, yeah, if I'm not using it, I keep my webcam taped; however, it would seem you'll have much more to worry about if you happen to be infected with this malware. They pretty will have access to...everything on your computer! That'd suck!
     
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    I noticed looking into the Jay-Z incident a few sites would automatically upload things to my computer. I'm skeptical about visiting popular or different sites. I don't even want to click the link checking if I have the malware!
     
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    This is old technology but haven't we figured that the European hasn't advanced human civilization and isn't interested? What the European has done is take the genius of all the people in the world and bring them here and develop this technology for military purposes. Then once this technology is upgraded with advanced capabilities then the old and weaker technology is given to the public. Most of the time it's given with backdoor uses which makes it possible for them to control you by that technology.

    For instance, GPS technology was invented for military purposes then given to the public once they figured they could use it to track anybody anywhere. So all technology like the free phones are just tracking monitors for the poor who receive them. And they have mock little names like Safelink, what is safe about a government issued phone? The other one is called Tracphone, hell they let you know they are tracking you.

    Stop thinking that this technology is just random people abusing it. The government is responsible for all these abuses of technology and spying.
     
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    I was telling a woman these kinds of things would be possible 14 years ago. She just looked at me and said, "You're scaring me."

    There will always be hackers and ******** out there better than you in some area. But they can't do anything about tape. LOL

    My computer does not have a camera. And unless I am using my computer it is turned off. I know people who leave theirs on all of the time.

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    Looking at what I know about technology, when I bought my laptop that had one, I painted over it with nail polish. I don't trust not having the software installed, or the camera configured. Because the software can be in a hidden file, and installed without your knowledge, and the cam can have it's configuration downloaded. But it can't see thru that polish.....


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    Until I need it, mic off and cam covered.
     
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    blackshades aside..

    Your webcam and microphone can be remotely accessed. When hardware moved to soft-switches.. meaning.. software on/off switches instead of physical switches, anything became possible. If lights are the only way you know if something is on or off then you truly have a security problem because lights can be disabled. I know they sell the always-on always-connected internet as the ideal, the truth is, it's a huge security liability. The more limited your exposure to the internet, the less likely you are to be victimized.

    Malicious software can be targeted to certain audiences by placing the malware on sites where the target audience would possibly congregate.. for example.. if I wanted to infect the computers of young innercity folks I would place the software on a site like worldstarhiphop.com.. or on a Tumblr account.. or I would share it through a facebook account.. it's incredibly easy to do. The Internet makes surveillance and infiltration as easy as pie.

    Read this writeup from the Georgian government a couple of years ago:
    http://dea.gov.ge/uploads/CERT DOCS/Cyber Espionage.pdf

    It details how they caught spy using his own webcam.. and they also detail how he targeted his target audience.. this same method can be used to target any group of people desired..

    There is no such thing as internet security. And there never has been. It's all about exposure to risks.. and minimizing your exposure. If you're not using it, unplug it... (or use a surge protector that features a hard switch) Plug it back in when you need to use it again. Reducing your window of exposure is all you can really do. And the same goes for your Iphone/Android device.. those are just small computers.. and the risks are actually greater than the ones associated with Personal Computers. If you're not using it, shut it off.. it does not need to be on when you're sleeping.. or when you're driving.. get used to shutting it off when it's not in use.

    Its not practical in terms of how the market pushes usage.. but the market has never given a dam about you.
     
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    Smart move.
     
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