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Smashing Security #091: Sextortion, Las Vegas hotels, and Alex Jones

Just how did sextortionists get (some) of the digits in your phone number? Why are some hackers saying they won’t be going to DEF CON in Las Vegas anymore? And should Alex Jones from InfoWars be banned from Twitter?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by special guest Maria Varmazis.


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‘Hola señorita’ says smart camera as it follows owner’s every move

It gets a little more NSFW from there…

David Bisson reports.


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Woman says hacker spied on her through the baby monitor

A woman claims that she and her family were spied upon after an unknown party hacked their way into a “smart” baby monitor.

David Bisson reports.


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Europol campaign fights the online sexual extortion of children

A Europe-wide campaign warns young people about online sexual coercion and extortion.


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bitdefender.com

Is your IP security camera making you less secure?

As I see it, you buy a security camera to secure yourself.

You don’t, imagine, install an IP surveillance camera to introduce new security risks.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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welivesecurity.com

Siemens-branded CCTV cameras vulnerable to hacking, require urgent firmware patch

Your business’s CCTV camera could be coughing up your admin passwords. Patch now, or regret later.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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Attack allows Mac malware to piggyback on your webcam, while it’s in use

A new attack allows OS X malware to record video and audio whenever a victim legitimately turns on their webcam, without drawing attention to itself.

David Bisson reports.


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Cover your webcam – protect your privacy from hackers

Don’t let hackers spy upon you by hijacking your webcam. Cover your webcam when you’re not using it.

In this video, Graham Cluley describes the threat.


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Meet the men who spy on women through their webcams

Nate Anderson at Wired paints a terrifying portrait of the sick world of webcam hackers, while also pointing out that such perverted snooping is within easy reach of even the technically unskilled: Calling most of these guys “hackers” does a real disservice to hackers everywhere; only minimal technical skill is now required to deploy a


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bitdefender.com

Facebook CEO tapes over his webcam. Maybe you should do the same?

Sometimes you don’t have to spend millions of dollars to protect yourself from attacks, as Mark Zuckerberg can tell you.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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bitdefender.com

He hacked, he stole porn, he spied. But British man isn’t going to jail

Judge decides it isn’t in the best interests of anyone to send Ryan Thompson to prison, and hands out suspended sentence instead.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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It’s easy to convert a cheap webcam into a network backdoor

A new report details how a D-Link webcam can be converted into a network backdoor, thereby highlighting general concerns with Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

David Bisson reports.


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welivesecurity.com

Webcam hacker spent up to 12 hours a day watching his victims

A hacker who used the notorious Blackshades RAT malware to hijack webcams on computers, and secretly watch people engaged in sexual activity, has avoided prison.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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bitdefender.com

57 month prison sentence for hacker who created Blackshades RAT

With thousands of victims around the world, whose livelihoods and (sometimes) private lives were damaged by his activities, Alex Yücel is given some time to reflect on his actions.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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bitdefender.com

Woman charged with running webcam-hacking network

A woman is arrested in connection with a spree of webcam hacks, after innocent users’ computers were hijacked and videos of their terror uploaded to YouTube.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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welivesecurity.com

The dirty secrets of webcam-hacking peeping toms and sextortionists

Virtually every computer sold today comes with a dirty little secret. It can spy on you.

Learn more, and how to protect yourself, in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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