Eyebloc News

5 Lessons I Learned From Swimming With the Sharks (Shark Tank, That Is) - Huffington Post May 30 2014

It's now been almost 5 months since the Shark Tank episode featuring Eyebloc aired. That's enough time to have let those wounds heal properly. Actually, it wasn't nearly as brutal as the editing made it seem, and it was a wonderful learning experience that has helped me grow as an entrepreneur.

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5 Lessons I Learned From Swimming With the Sharks (Shark Tank, That Is) - Huffington Post

5 Lessons I Learned From Swimming With the Sharks (Shark Tank, That Is) - Huffington Post5 Lessons I Learned From Swimming With the Sharks (Shark Tank, That Is) - Huffington Post

Webcam Hacking Is No Laughing Matter, but this is Funny January 01 2014

CJ lives in DC and a friend of his created this clever (and funny/sad) video emphasizing the need to use an Eyebloc webcam cover.    Jeremy is spied on while celebrating his bday...with only cats.
Keep your private life private with Eyebloc.  


Eyebloc Featured In The Washington Post December 21 2013

The Eyebloc is getting some national attention! The Washington Post interviewed Eyebloc founder CJ Isakow about the idea behind the Eyebloc, webcam hackers, and the philosophy of personal privacy. From the article:

“I think everyone deserves a choice of whether they want to be watched or not,” [Isakow] said. “There’s no physical opting out of cameras, so I wanted to make sure there was a product that delivered.”

 


Researchers Prove Vulnerabilities In Macbook Webcam Protections December 20 2013

Skeptics of webcam covers usually point to the warning light that's standard on most laptop webcams. After all, if the light turns on when the camera is in use it should be obvious if somebody is spying on you. Researchers at Johns Hopkins shattered that assumption with proof-of-concept software that bypasses the webcam light while remotely activating a Macbook webcam. Watch the video below:

 

 

No matter what you might think, the only surefire way to thwart webcam hackers is with a physical webcam blocker. Read the entire article at The Washington Post


Eyebloc Going into the Shark Tank Jan 10th! December 12 2013

Eyebloc is going in the Shark Tank! Founder and CEO CJ Isakow will appear in the first episode of 2014 of ABC's Shark Tank on January 10th to pitch Eyebloc to five of the savviest investors in the world. Our friends at Inthecapital wrote a followup article about the big news

"It's just a real simple product, a simple idea and it will be fun to see where this takes it" - CJ

It was an amazing experience preparing for the show, filming in Los Angeles, and meeting the sharks.  While its a simple idea, there is a true business opportunity to help keep private lives private.

Shark Tank returns January 10th on ABC at 9 PM EST or check it out on demand. Watch to see if Eyebloc manages to catch a shark. 


The FBI Has Been Hacking Webcams December 06 2013

The Washington Post's latest article on the FBI reveals the extent that webcam privacy has been eroded. In the pursuit of a suspect known simply as "Mo," the FBI used malware to their own advantage. From the article:

The most powerful FBI surveillance software can covertly download files, photographs and stored e-mails, or even gather real-time images by activating cameras connected to computers, say court documents and people familiar with this technology.


...The FBI has been able to covertly activate a computer’s camera — without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording — for several years, and has used that technique mainly in terrorism cases or the most serious criminal investigations, said Marcus Thomas, former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, now on the advisory board of Subsentio, a firm that helps telecommunications carriers comply with federal wiretap statutes.

We don't have a problem with the FBI using the tools at their disposal to catch criminals - but some courts, including one in Texas, have found the practice to potentially be in violation of the Fourth Amendment. And if the FBI can develop this kind of software, it's not a stretch to think that unscrupulous hackers could develop the same thing. 

 

Read the entire article at The Washington Post


Cybersecuirty Company Eyebloc Invited to Present at Tech in Motion DC November 04 2013

Where do the hottest tech companies in DC show off their latest solutions?  Tech in Motion hosts events around the country, and this week they invited Eyebloc to demo our product.  We look forward to discussing our technology.  We plan to highlight 3 things:

  1. Webcam spying is a real and growing problem.  Its irresponsible to not cover your laptop web camera
  2. Innovators can utilize 3D printing to bring their ideas to life.  Eyebloc went from idea to Amazon.com in 30 days
  3. Introduce our next product, a webcam cover for X-Box Kinect

Thank you Tech in Motion for recognizing Eyebloc as an innovative DC company, and Webcam spying as a threat to our freedom.  

Come join us at Tech in Motion event 


NBC Today Show: Webcam Hacking Scares Family September 27 2013

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.

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Childnet International Says Cover Your Webcam September 20 2013

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 kids safe online.