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Windows 7: Remote webcam activation without warning light confirmed: Johns Hopkin


19 Dec 2013   #1

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Remote webcam activation without warning light confirmed: Johns Hopkin

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have positively confirmed the long-discussed ability of government entities and private parties to remotely activate a webcam without the warning light turning on. While this privacy vulnerability has already been anecdotally admitted by a variety of sources, this research is the first time it has been proven by an established public-facing organization. The results were published last week in a paper entitled "iSeeYou: Disabling the MacBook Webcam Indicator LED".
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20 Dec 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I still have the tape from the factory over mine. Guess my paranoia is somewhat founded...... don't know if I should be happy or sad about that
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20 Dec 2013   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I deleted the web cam software on my notebook and put a circular piece of blue masking tape over the camera itself as soon as I got it.
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21 Dec 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Paranoia in my opinion is just another layer of security.
The F.B.I says they don't use it often. Really.
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21 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Paranoia in my opinion is just another layer of security.
The F.B.I says they don't use it often. Really.
Well, THAT really eases my mind !
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21 Dec 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

My webcam has a hard off switch not too mention I turn off/disable pretty much anything related to remote anything from another computer.

Ain't no government officials watching me change my clothes tonight, they probably wouldn't want to anyways I'm 30 year old grown man and got lots of unshaven hair.

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05 Jan 2014   #7

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/64-bit
 
 

Well i guess it's time to get out the masking tape and block my webcam when not using it. At least i barely use my laptop with webcam anyway
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06 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Computer0304 tape works great. They can't write a program to remove the tape or go around it.
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06 Jan 2014   #9

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Computer0304 tape works great. They can't write a program to remove the tape or go around it.
I hope they don't. But in the future, it might just happen. Well at least they would mostly use it for good.
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07 Jan 2014   #10

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Computer0304 tape works great. They can't write a program to remove the tape or go around it.
I hope they don't. But in the future, it might just happen. Well at least they would mostly use it for good.
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