Another NSA plug-in called CAPTIVATEDAUDIENCE hijacks the microphone on targeted computers to record conversations.
Intelligence agencies have been turning computers into listening devices for at least a decade, as evidenced by the Flame spy tool uncovered by Kaspersky Lab in 2012, which had the ability to surreptitiously turn on webcams and microphones and perform a host of other espionage operations.
What makes this story stand out is that someone was in the room with them.
Turns out that the next day when Clark looked at her Facebook page, she saw intimate images of herself and her boyfriend from the night before sent from an unknown person.
Cybercriminals, sextortionists, law enforcement, and even school districts have all been doing this kind of spying for a number of years.
Spy tools, whether designed by intelligence agencies, cyber crooks or internet creeps, can turn your camera on without illuminating the indicator light.
But did you know that intruders might use the built-in camera to take surreptitious pictures and videos of you and your surroundings or hijack your microphone to eavesdrop on conversations?
You may remember the stories we shared with you on this blog about baby monitors that were hacked in Ohio and in Texas.
In both incidents, a hacker took control of the monitor and screamed obscenities and shouted abuse at the toddlers while they were sleeping.
“For example, a documented vulnerability in the older version of Adobe Flash allowed any website to turn on your webcam and microphone without your knowledge or consent.”Most hackers use malware or remote administration tools to gain access to random or targeted computers and their webcams.
RATs are similar to viruses in the sense that they are often installed on a computer unintentionally, possibly after the user opens or downloads an infected file. The NSA has long been rumored to possess specialized technology allowing them to eavesdrop on conversations, hijack microphones and cameras and observe and record pictures and videos of computer users and their nearby environment.