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Researchers indicate MacBook webcams can be compromised

A troubling exploit allows users to active a computer's camera without the webcam light ever turning on, following several high-profile incidents of (NYSE:AMD)

| Hacking & Security News | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 6:30 pm

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University confirmed it's possible to turn on a laptop's web camera without turning on a light that informs users the camera is on. Just a few years ago, it didn't seem possible to hack a webcam like this, but it's something consumers need to be somewhat vigilant about.

 

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The team focused on Apple MacBook and iMac models available before 2008, but said the exploit can be used on a variety of different models. Although Apple initially opened up communication with Johns Hopkins University to discuss the problem, there reportedly haven't been any further updates.

 

Using a Remote Administration Tool (RAT), for example, works around the computer's security and remotely controls the computer webcam.

 

For users worried about being remotely spied on, security researchers recommend simply placing a piece of tape over your web camera when it isn't in use. It may seem like a rather archaic method, but is successful in case the camera has been compromised.

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