Smile! Hackers Can Silently Access Your Webcam Right Through The Browser (Again) – TechCrunch
We've connected all of our gadgets to the internet , filled them with cameras and repeatedly played fast and loose with our passwords. What could possibly go wrong? Popular opinion has it that no-good hackers are using their skills to gain access to the cameras within our laptops, smartphones, tablets and even home security set-ups. But how true is this? Worryingly, it's time to take the tinfoil-hat-wearing, webcam-covering conspiracy theorists seriously and man the panic stations. It's not just webcam blackmailers you need to worry about: people can and are gaining an all-too-intimate look into our lives, and surprisingly easily at that.
Camfecting , in the field of computer security , is the process of attempting to hack into a person's webcam and activate it without the webcam owner's permission. Camfecting is most often carried out by infecting the victim's computer with a virus that can provide the hacker access to their webcam. This attack is specifically targeted at the victim's webcam, and hence the name camfecting , a portmanteau of the words camera and infecting.