Secret friends web cams
Could predators be spying on you and your kids through your computer's webcam? From thousands of miles away he broke into one family's laptop and turned on their webcam to view teen girls in their bedroom and in their dining room as the family ate dinner.
Authorities say criminals are now able to hack in and watch your every move -- without you ever knowing it. Now they can access your webcam remotely, watching your most intimate moments from the kitchen to the privacy of your own bedroom. "It took about three minutes" to hack into their system, Stickley told us. "Suddenly you're all over the Internet," Stickley said.
Virtually every computer sold today comes with a dirty little secret. What’s more, if hackers can infect your computer with malware they can hijack your webcam and secretly watch you too – regardless of whether they’re based down the street or on the other side of the world.
In some cases, if they’re really crafty, hackers can even spy on you without the LED on your webcam lighting up.
These cameras have plenty of perfectly legitimate uses.
They had no idea we were spying on them through their computer webcam. Then we let their mom in on the secret: "We actually recorded your family dinner, no one was in your house except you guys." "It's really creepy," Corinne said.
Prosecutors say he was spying on more than 200 women through their webcams, even blackmailing some of them. Rossen Reports: TV and furniture tipovers threaten kids "People who are victims generally have no idea that they are victims," Stickley said. With dad Robert's permission, we had our expert hack into their computer. He sent them an innocent-looking e-card with a virus.
Rossen Reports: New device lets crooks crack many hotel locks "They click the little link in the card and as far as they're concerned, they're going to see little quacking ducks," Stickley explained.
The problems arise when they're used for nefarious purposes, which happens more often than any of us would like.
A lawsuit against Airbnb over a reported hidden camera in a rental property is ongoing.