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

XBox 360 Kinect in Your Living Room: Eyebloc 3D Prints New Cover to Protect You January 06 2014

We all know the new XBox One is always watching us in our living room.  But did you know that the over 23 Million XBox Kinects in our living rooms also could be used to watch us?  We designed the XBox 360 Kinect cover to ensure you have the option of opting out of being watched.  You can buy the 3D printed version now on Shapeways

Here is a rendering of what the version will look like once we start manufacturing the plastic Xbox Kinect Cover in the USA

XBox 360 Kinect Webcam Cover - Stop Spying

XBox 360 Kinect Webcam Cover

 


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.  


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.

NY Times: Federal Trade Commission Says Webcam’s Flaw Put Users’ Lives on Display September 03 2013

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 adults going about their daily lives.”
As happy as we are to see action against the growing epidemic of webcam hacking, software can always be hacked. The only way to definitively thwart hackers is the simplest solution of all - a physical webcam blocker.
Read more on about action against webcam hacking at the New York Times.

Miss Teen USA Says "Cover Your Webcam" on Fox August 16 2013

We were sad to see that newly crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf's was blackmailed after her webcam got hacked. We're happy to report that she went to the police, and the FBI is now on the case. Ms. Wolf appeared on The O'Reilly Factor with a simple message: cover your webcam.

Check out the interview below. A special thank you Ms. Wolf for helping to spread the word about webcam covers!