Webcam and LED Indicator

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by rubberducky, Feb 22, 2010.

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  1. rubberducky

    rubberducky Registered Member

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    How do I know that someone has hacked my laptop webcam? My webcam has an LED that will turn on if the camera is activated. Can a hacker bypass the LED? I am thinking of just cover the camera but that would look ugly
     
  2. Nebulus

    Nebulus Registered Member

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    Mybe you should use some security software, so the hacker won't be able to access your computer...
     
  3. CloneRanger

    CloneRanger Registered Member

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    I'd say it's very unlikely that the LED could be isolated to turn off whilst the camera is active. What's worse, putting something like a small removeable sticker over the lens hole, or being viewed ? So even if the camera was activated, nobody could see anything.

    Don't forget about the microphone either, you would have to completely silence that by physically removing the wires, or with a switch.

    Disabling both the mic and camera in the software panel will work, but could be activated by malware.
     
  4. subhrobhandari

    subhrobhandari Registered Member

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    Yes, completely possible. Such a malware was being sold at underground hacking forums someday ago and that works.
     
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