Here are three ways of viewing a webcam without your knowledge.Remote Administration Tools (or RATs) are often installed in corporate environments to help upgrade, configure and track machines remotely.Although TRENDnet tried their best to contact the leaked list of affected IP addresses, a year on about 5% of them remain accessible.You can see from the screenshot below that most are now inaccessible.Particular models of TRENDnet cameras that have since been patched and are no longer sold (though thousands remain in use) were vulnerable to the degree that any sane person would find terrifying: you need only know the public IP address of the camera.These cameras are typically used in small businesses, home security, and to monitor children and babies.
Why, they turn it around, unplug it, and put a towel over the monitor for good luck!
In her case, Wolf was spied upon by one of her former classmates – Jared James Abrahams – who had installed the Blackshades RAT malware on her laptop in order to covertly take naked photographs of the beauty queen.
Abrahams sent Wolf an anonymous email, threatening to post the intimate photographs of her on social media websites, unless she agreed to send additional photos to him or (eww…) strip for him during a Skype video chat.
Also, if you have internet-accessible cameras elsewhere in your house – such as baby monitors or CCTV – be aware that many such devices are sold with default or weak passwords that are child’s play for hackers to crack.
Make sure to configure with unique, hard-to-guess passwords just as you would for, say, your bank account.