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James Comey’s computer must be equipped with some pretty heavy security software. But that doesn’t stop the FBI director from covering his webcam with tape. Why? Because he knows, perhaps better than anyone on the planet, what hackers can do.
“There’s some sensible things you should be doing, and that’s one of them,” Comey said.
“You go into any government office and we all have the little camera things that sit on top of the screen. They all have a little lid that closes down on them. You do that so people who don’t have authority don’t look at you.”
Oh yes they can. For several years now, technology has existed that allows people to discretely access and turn on your webcam from anywhere on the planet. Thousands of people learned about this the hard way in 2014, when hackers set up a website showcasing a multitude of live webcam streams from around the world.
Just this month, hackers broke into a Canadian couple’s webcam as they were cuddling and watching Netflix. The hackers bypassed their webcam’s ‘on’ light completely.
“We obviously had no idea it was taking place in the moment, but retroactively it was like a really, really deeply creepy feeling,” one of the victims told Global News. “It was very unnerving. I mean it does feel like there’s someone just in your home with you.”
This also happened to Miss Teen USA, who was tormented for more than a year by a webcam hacker who tried to blackmail her with nude images.
It’s a cyber catastrophe. Yahoo on Thursday confirmed a massive security breach that saw hackers steal personal information for over 500 million accounts. Yahoo YHOO says a foreign government is to blame. The incident is a big deal, since so many have a Yahoo account of some type or other — for email or finance…
It’s a Fact! No matter how smart the criminals are, they always leave some trace behind.
Two Harvard students have unmasked around 229 drug and weapon dealers with the help of pictures taken by criminals and used in advertisements placed on dark web markets.
Do you know each image contains a range of additional hidden data stored within it that can be a treasure to the investigators fighting criminals?
Yeah it’s true — “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
Digital images come with basic metadata, as well as EXIF data that contains information about the device with which it was taken.
EXIF, stands for “Exchangeable Image File Format,” may contain image dimensions, date and time (when it was originally taken and modified), the model of camera and its settings, information about the software used for editing, it’s creator and copyright information, as well as GPS co-ordinates of the location where the photo was taken.
If a criminal, let’s say a kidnapper, has taken a photo or video of their captive from a GPS enabled phone or camera and send it as proof of life to victim’s family for ransom, the police would be able to trace back the kidnapper to the exact location where photo was taken.
The duo found 229 images that contained unique GPS coordinates which, unless spoofed, can be used by investigators to locate the places where the photos were taken within the range of two kilometers.
Remember, an anonymous hacker who was arrested by the FBI in 2012 after he posted a picture of his girlfriend’s breasts online?
Higinio O. Ochoa III, a.k.a Anonw0rmer, an alleged member of Anonymous-linked CabinCr3w hacking team, who was responsible for hacking into the United States law enforcement agencies and releasing the personal information including phone numbers and home addresses of police officers.
He took picture of his girlfriend’s boobs using his iPhone and posted it on Twitter without realizing the picture contained GPS data pointing directly to his house in Melbourne, Australia.
While the majority of metadata in photos is harmless, but removing EXIF data, especially geo-coordinates, is a smart idea, if you are privacy-conscious.
Vladimir Putin has claimed that he “[doesn’t] know anything” about the thousands of Democratic National Committee emails and documents that were hacked by an unknown source and then posted by Wikileaks earlier this year. But the Russian President added, in an interview with Bloomberg two days before a G20 meeting in China with President Obama…
The FBI warned states to check the security of their election systems after hackers stole voter data from one state election board earlier this summer and attempted to access another this month. The attacks were revealed in an FBI bulletin sent to the agency’s private industry partners and obtained by Yahoo News. One state’s election…