FBI has ability to secretly turn on laptop cameras without indicator light, says report

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We’ve heard a lot about the NSA and what it can do in the past couple of months, so nothing concerning spying should come as a surprise. A new report from the Washington Post claims that the FBI has the ability to secretly turn on laptop cameras without the indicator light. The report claims this has been going on for years now, so imagine how many Americans are the victims of FBI snooping while they sit around their laptops watching pornography.

Former assistance of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division, Marcus Thomas, told the Post that such a technology does exist, but was only used in terrorism cases or the most serious of criminal investigations. That’s a good explanation, but like the NSA, people are in control of this technology, and they can use it to spy on their loved ones or complete strangers like you or me during certain hours of the night when we are by our lonesome.

This world has surely gone to the dogs with no chance of redemption. The report at the Washington Post, if accurate, proves how far the FBI is willing to go to catch their man. And while we don’t have a problem with the FBI going after criminals by means of webcam spying, we just can’t shake the feeling that innocent people are getting caught in the crossfire with their hands between their thighs.

[via Washington Post]

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9 comments

  1. Tom

    I uninstalled the camera driver from Device Manager sometime ago. On those rare occasions I use it, it takes only 2 minutes to reinstall.

    I suppose the fibbie goons could invoke a driver install if the chose… maybe that will be available in version 2 of their snoop toy. #foadfibbiescum

  2. Hamza

    Just a small information, NSA doesn’t need a malware to use your camera, it is already in your system, of course, I am talking about closed-source sytems like Windows and MacOS X, users of open-source systems (like GNU/Linux or BSD) don’t need to worry about these threats.

  3. Mike S.

    And so the FBI is sitting around watching me read dotTech.org articles. Sounds as interesting as watching the 24-hour Yule log channel on television. I wonder what sort of infraction one must commit at the FBI to be put on that detail.

    ;^)

  4. Mark

    Minor detail: the FBI first has to install its home-built malware on the target’s computer. But before that comes the really challenging bit: type in the correct email address of the person it wants to infect with the malware (see report, page 4).
    But what I found most interesting here was that Yahoo holds on to the IP address from where an account was originally created, and for a long time (several years). I thought that was probably the case but never saw it confirmed anywhere.