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Webcam Hackers Blackmailed a Detroit Teenager into Pawning His Mother's Jewelery

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You don't have to look like Miss Teen USA to be a victim of webcam hacking and internet blackmail.  This normal teenage boy fell victim to a criminal who extorted thousands of dollars from him after hacking his webcam.  Presumably he was doing things in his room he didn't want on the internet.   Here is an except from a recent article in Vice "According to reports, this scam is becoming increasingly common. Hackers trick someone into installing a remote access application, switch on their webcam when they’re doing something "indiscreet," then Facebook message them a copy of the video, and threaten...

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In the Capital: Eyebloc Prevents Webcam Hackers From Spying on You

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Founded in Washington DC, our nation's capital,  Eyebloc is a big fan of new media company Inthecapital.com.  We were thrilled this week when they covered Eyebloc and the role we can play in thwarting webcam hackers. "The perv hacking her webcam was recently caught by the FBI. But that doesn't mean the problem is gone. Webcam hackers are out there, and chances are you have no idea if you've been a victim. The most practical and definite solution at this point is to cover your camera. And Eyebloc is an easy-to-use solution that you pop on your computer when you're not...

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NBC Today Show: Webcam Hacking Scares Family

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This Today Show segment is a must watch on internet security.  The producers hack into the webcam camera on this family's laptop, and you won't believe the reactions. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Childnet International Says Cover Your Webcam

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Children's advocacy organization Childnet has produced a very useful handout on webcam safety for children. One of the tips? Cover your child's webcam to protect them from webcam hackers. The handout was produced in response to a CEOP study with some scary findings: "Research from CEOP launched today has found that, in the last two years, 184 UK children have been a victim of some form of online sexual blackmail. Some of these children have gone on to self harm or take their own lives." Download the handout from Childnet International to learn more about webcam safety and keeping your...

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NY Times: Federal Trade Commission Says Webcam’s Flaw Put Users’ Lives on Display

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Webcam hackers beware: consumer protection advocates are on to you!    " Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission took its first action to protect consumers from reckless invasions of privacy, penalizing a company that sells Web-enabled video cameras for lax security practices." ...According to the F.T.C., the company, TRENDnet, told customers that its products were “secure,” marketing its cameras for home security and baby monitoring. In fact, the devices were compromised. The commission said a hacker in January 2012 exploited a security flaw and posted links to the live feeds, which “displayed babies asleep in their cribs, young children playing and...

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