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Your Computer May Already Have Been Hacked by the NSA July 19 2013

Steve Blank is one of our business heroes - he innovates and helps others innovate like no one else.  So we found it especially alarming when he wrote this week about the NSA spying on American citizens.  Are they hacking into our webcams?

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For those of you who haven't kept up, the National Security Agency (NSA's) Prism program has been in the news. Prism provides the NSA with access to data on the servers of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, etc, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, etc.

Prism is just a part of the NSA's larger mass electronic surveillance program that covers every possible path someone might use to communicate; tapping raw data as it flows through fiber optic cables and Internet peering points, copying the addressees on all letters you physically mail, all credit card purchases, your phone calls and your location (courtesy your smart phone). - Steve Blank


BBC: Webcam Hacker: Its like they are your slave June 20 2013

In this terrifying BBC Report, A 16 year-old school boy explains why he hacked into strangers' webcams to spy on them. He calls his victims his "slaves" - but he says he was "just having a laugh".

It's not a laugh for the victims that have their privacy violated. The report highlights the necessity of a webcam cover - especially considering, as the hacker admitted, "You don't need anything special to hack into someone's webcam". 

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"You're Being Watched" - Edward Snowden June 09 2013

Whether you consider him a traitor or a whistleblower, Edward Snowden's leaks reveal the disturbing possibility that the US government is capable of spying on their citizens through their webcams.  Learn about the NSA's capabilities through Snowden's first interview since his shocking revelations. 

FBI: Webcam hacking next big cyber crime May 03 2013

JACKSON, Miss. —Has a hacker been spying on your family? If you have an uncovered webcam on any of your home computers, it's more likely than you think.

The FBI recently reported that webcam hacking could be the next big thing in cyber crime.  Megan West of 16 WAPT explains how easy it is to become a victim in a special report.  

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NBC News: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines April 26 2013

Computer users around the globe are being hit by a new kind of virus designed to scare you out of your money. The virus freezes the victim's computer and accuses them of crimes including child porn, bestiality, and copyright infringement. To add to the ruse, the virus has the computer take a picture using the victim's webcam. The threats are scary enough that victims are coughing up $200 to pay a "fine" to the hacker.

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