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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 

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.

In the Capital: Eyebloc Prevents Webcam Hackers From Spying on You October 03 2013

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 using the webcam, and pop off when you are."

Read the entire article here: Eyebloc Prevents Webcam Hackers From Spying on You 

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!

CNN: Your TV Might Be Watching You August 02 2013

While we always love seeing new and exciting technology come to market, consumers still need to be vigilant about their privacy. New "Smart TVs" have all kinds of cool features - but also have big security risks.
From CNN:
The flaws in Samsung Smart TVs, which have now been patched, enabled hackers to remotely turn on the TVs' built-in cameras without leaving any trace of it on the screen. While you're watching TV, a hacker anywhere around the world could have been watching you. Hackers also could have easily rerouted an unsuspecting user to a malicious website to steal bank account information.

We're happy to see the vulnerability was patched, but there's only one way to make sure nobody else has access to a webcam when it's not being used - and that's to cover it. 


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?

You can read more here
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