I am a frequent chatter and I’ve always been fond of my webcam. For some reason, my webcam has actually allowed me to view the people that I talk to online and make sure that they are actually the person that I am talking to. It provided me some sort of security because I know that I am talking with a live person.
However, the security that I was relying on turned out to be false. One day, as I was chatting with a friend, he provided me with a link. He asked me to click on it and when it did, I saw a video of myself in front of the computer (and it looked like I was typing something) and as I looked at it, I realized that the picture was taken a day ago. I was shocked. I can’t really say if another person was taking the video or I was. At that point, I couldn’t care less. All I really cared about was that somebody was taking my video n that I had. It without my knowledge.
I tried to research about this “phenomena” and I came across a lot of articles about people experiencing the same situation that I had. What I thought was a unique case was actually not. It all starts with a certain malware infecting a certain computer. Often, these malware are Trojans that are embedded in a particular program or in a certain file that you download over the internet. These malicious programs install itself into your computer, hacks into your system and eventually runs on its own.
The proliferation of this type of attacks was made possible by the production of laptops and notebooks with built-in webcams. What most people do not realize is the fact there are risks involved with these types of hardware. Everyone should be well aware of their actions and be very careful with the things that they download online as well as the links that you click on your email.
A lot of hackers and identity theft criminals releases Trojan horse attacks to their unsuspecting victims. As soon as they are downloaded into the system, the hacker who created the malware can then control your computer remotely and access your computer’s functions.
Of course, there are always ‘preventive measures’ that you can take to prevent other people from accessing your computer’s webcam. Remember, when you get your computer hacked, you are not just making your computer susceptible to viruses and intruder attacks but you are also making yourself prone to identity theft. What you should always take note of is the fact that hackers only have one thing in mind: money. They are not doing all these things for fame nor glory but they are doing this for the monetary gain that can get out of it. And this profit can only come from your personal data.
So if you don’t want other people accessing your webcam, be very wary of your online activities because you might be downloading malicious scripts in your computer and you’re not even aware of it