Welcome to the age of video
Did you know someone could be watching you right now? Hackers can stalk and record you through your webcam – All it needs is a malicious program snuck into your computer.
But why? Usually hackers are after fortunes and motivated by money. Blackmailing takes care of that, but fame is also a big driver. Pictures taken through victim webcams are shared on forums where hackers seek for approval. Sometimes it’s just a funny gag.
It could happen to you
How do they do it?
There are many ways for attackers to invade your computer, which allows them to peep through your webcam. We want to show you just how easy it can be with a video from our experts.
- Victim plugs in a USB drive and opens an innocent looking picture
- A picture opens and attacker’s commands run on the background
- The attacker’s commands open a connection to the victim’s computer
- A picture of the victim is taken through their webcam
- The picture is saved on the attacker’s computer
Here the attacker tricked the victim with a malicious file disguised as an image (this could also be a PDF or a text file). Opening the file runs malicious commands on the background. These commands allow the attacker to access the victim’s computer. With a tool, the attacker can view the victim’s webcam, listen to the microphone and do other things on the victim’s laptop.
Which means.. Yikes! It’s easy to peep and take a photo through a webcam.
Protect yourself with Hoxhunt webcam cover!
We at Hoxhunt want to help you protect yourself from all kinds of attacks and that’s why we also designed our own webcam covers. If you want us to send your company a few of these, please send us an email at marketing (a) hoxhunt.com