February 22, 2016

This short film about what can happen if your webcam is hacked will completely freak you out

StaffRebel Columnist

It can happen to you.

A short film titled 'Webcam' directed by Branden Kramer shows what can happen to you, your kids, or anyone you know in our technology-obsessed culture.

The film is shot through the eyes of a young woman's webcam and her most private moments are shared with the individual who has hacked her – stalking her from afar without her knowledge.

A feature length film called Ratter has since been released and it too is directed by Kramer.

If you liked Webcam and want to show your friends the dangers of your cameras being compromised, you should check out Ratter.

The video ends with a warning: in 2010, a 31-year-old man was arrested for spying on a young girl through her webcam. Since then, there have been thousands of documented cases of what is called 'webcam hacking'.

The scariest kind of horror film is when it can happen to you. This is one of those movies.

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commented 2016-02-23 04:03:50 -0500
WOW!!! creepy for sure. My camera has disabled and covered since day one of the purchase.
commented 2016-02-22 20:04:45 -0500
The sticky note taped to the web cam lens is quite popular.
commented 2016-02-22 19:26:26 -0500
Chilling representation of how dangerous social media can be in the hands of a pervert!
commented 2016-02-22 19:07:36 -0500
I have to laugh a little that last weeks episode of the Blacklist contained two topics discussed on here. Rats and who is a “real journalist”.
commented 2016-02-22 18:41:34 -0500
Al Rose, be careful with a VPN. Though it may encrypt your data stream and allow you to exit the tunnel in the country of your choosing with an IP and DNS of that country, it also bypasses your router NAT firewall directly to your computer, though Windows software firewall is still in effect. Just a warning that in some ways a VPN can make you computer just a slight bit more vulnerable.
commented 2016-02-22 17:50:23 -0500
First thing i did with both my laptops was put thick black tape over the camera, \
also in the settings i clicked where it says do not allow anyone to access my camera or microphone.
I also never go on the Internet without going through a VPN, i live outside Toronto but the server i am on is in Germany.
commented 2016-02-22 17:26:58 -0500
The NSA does this to countless computers as revealed by Snowden.
They are the largest funder and creator of malware, viruses and privacy hacking tools in the world.

The NSA’s admitted motto is to “collect everything”.

It’s an intellectual war of citizen vs. government overreach.

commented 2016-02-22 16:13:13 -0500
Back in the day when I worked for a brand name cell phone manufacturer, there were tech menus burned into all handset OS ROMs.This menu had access to a lot of stored data on the user and had neat diagnostic firmware to test audio/video systems/storage/devices. The menu could be accessed by a tech (or anyone wit super user code privilege) directly through handset interface or remotely through a cell site signal.

One of prankster “wags” in the tech lab used to like to code into the salesmen’s phones on Friday afternoons, when all of them were busy on “the last sales calls for the week”. He would turn on their device microphones remotely and you would hear bar noises, glasses clinking and music from the peeler bars they went to and we get the usual sales-geek chatter about their bosses and who is doing who in the secretarial pool – then he’d record it on the phone and trigger replay at the most “inconvenient” times.

That was in the day when smart phones were just getting popular – with android and other OS now It is probably much easier to have your phone hacked and be spying on you than an online PC with a firewall. Phone security is a total joke. I always told my daughter to turn hers off when not using it and keep it in a case that covers the fore and aft cameras and mics.
commented 2016-02-22 14:07:12 -0500
All of my computers with cameras have tape over the lenses.

All of my lap tops that enter secure zones literally have had the camera removed along with any sound/recording devices disabled.

You can hack a camera and the little light beside the lens will NOT repeat NOT always come on.

This type of hacking is far more common than many realize