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Someone could be watching you through your webcam right now.

Chances are you’re safe so don’t freak out, but you should be aware that the possibility exists.

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If you have a webcam, it would behoove you to listen up.

What would you do if someone had control of your webcam without your knowledge?

It’s a maddening thought, really, and one that I don’t particularly enjoy dwelling on.

It would be one of the greatest violations of privacy, even more so than voicemail hacks. Unfortunately, like most technological advancements, they can be twisted and abused to do things they were never meant to do.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep yourself clean from these online peeping Toms. Sure, they’re great for keeping in touch with long-distance relationships, for performing online interviews, for chatting with friends, etc.

But a hacked webcam becomes a spy tool that voyeurs can exploit for their own gain.

There are a few different kinds of webcam hacks that have occurred over the past few years, but the general procedure is to find a security vulnerability (whether in the software that controls a webcam or the hardware itself) and take advantage of it in any way that doesn’t alert the victim to its use. One technique, known as , manipulates the rendering of a website to make it so that the Flash permission prompt becomes invisible.

The website then places this invisible prompt over a likely-to-be-clicked section such as the Play button on a video.

Suddenly, the victim thinks all they’re doing is watching a video, but has inadvertently given permission to the Flash app to start taking pictures.

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