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No one knows how pervasive this is; there’s no clearinghouse for such information. Earlier this month, FBI Director James Comey told an interviewer that he placed a piece of tape over the webcam on his own computer, and urged the public to follow suit.
Cybersecurity experts said hackers are broadly exploiting the explosive growth in the use of webcams by using malicious software to quietly take remote control of the devices, sometimes within minutes.
A Toronto woman was photographed watching Netflix by a hacker who commandeered the webcam on her laptop.
Prosecutors say he was spying on more than 200 women through their webcams, even blackmailing some of them. Rossen Reports: TV and furniture tipovers threaten kids "People who are victims generally have no idea that they are victims," Stickley said. With dad Robert's permission, we had our expert hack into their computer. He sent them an innocent-looking e-card with a virus.
Rossen Reports: New device lets crooks crack many hotel locks "They click the little link in the card and as far as they're concerned, they're going to see little quacking ducks," Stickley explained.