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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. 


Webcam Hackers Blackmailed a Detroit Teenager into Pawning His Mother's Jewelery October 14 2013

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 to show it to their parents/significant other/boss/whomever the person in the video would least like to see it. In short, it’s a crime of that type of psychopathic genius I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

In the case of Hector Hernandez, the scheme paid off to the tune of $1,700 in three installments, money he was able to get his hands on by pawning $100,000 worth of jewelry he stole from his family (which doesn't seem like a very good deal.) The scammers probably used a trojan horse to install the remote access tool or “RAT virus”, as they’re calling it on TV news, on Hector's computer. "

Webcam hacking is a serious issue that has the potential to affect all computer users, no matter age, sophistication, or looks.  Remember: it's better to be careful than to be blackmailed. Don't forget to cover your webcam.


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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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". 

Listen to the entire story here



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.  

Read more and watch the video.
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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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