Currently, people spend a lot of time in front of their computers and electronic devices connected to the Internet, which makes them vulnerable to being spied on by cameras of these.
With the pandemic, the use of webcams it has become indispensable, whether for attending classes, attending classes, business meetings or seeing family and friends. Although it may have all these utilities, it may also put users in danger.
This type of activity is known as camouflagea term in English that refers to the hijacking of a webcam of a user’s device (which can be that of the computer, tablet, mobile phone or any other camera and connecting to the Internet).
Agree with ESET, cybersecurity company, attackers can choose when and how to attack. It’s worth remembering that cybercrimes move billions of dollars a year, however, some of the ways to invade privacy are through:
Reference image of a webcam (Photo: File)
Remote Access Trojans (RATs): are a special type of malware that allows an attacker to remotely control a victim’s machine or device without the victim’s knowledge. For example, the attacker could turn on the camera without turning on the light, record, and then send the video files to themselves.
The same malware can be used to log keystrokes, allowing them to steal passwords, banking details, and more. They can deploys like any other malware via: links or files malicious attachments in phishing emails, messaging apps or social networks. They all look legit.
Home camera security devices on display: with this class of devices the situation is slightly different, but they still pose a significant risk to privacy. These are CCTV cameras, like baby monitors and other devices that are becoming more and more common in homes.
Cybercriminals use a automated software. This program uses a database of previously stolen logins and tests those credentials on new accounts to see if they have been reused.
A person uses a laptop, in a file photo (Photo: EFE/Sascha Steinbach)
Unfortunately, many of these cybercriminals who attempt to compromise webcams reside far from the victim, in countries that turn a blind eye to this type of activity, especially when conducted by professional cybercriminals seeking to extort money. money to their victims or to sell personal data online. . It is therefore more important than ever that we take proactive measures to check whether we are under attack.
Some of the signs may indicate that your webcam has been compromised:
The LED indicating that the camera is active lights up: Although some attackers may cause the camera light to not turn on, this is not always the case. If it turns on when you’re not using it, your device may have been hacked.
Presence of strange files on your computer: If a cybercriminal recorded your webcam, there may still be files saved on your computer. Look for anything unusual, especially in documents or video folders that are part of your hard drive.
Malicious files can be sent via email or social media (Photo: File)
Presence of unusual applications on your system: One of the most common ways cybercriminals use to record from your webcam is by using a RAT. Scan your computer with an anti-malware solution and check for any alerts about software that shouldn’t be on your PC or device.
Your settings have been changed: Another thing that malware like RATs often do to get their way is interfere with installed security software on a machine or in the operating system. Check if any security features have been disabled.
To avoid any of these attacks, make sure your PC, mobile device, or smart home is always up-to-date software-wise and that you have anti-malware software installed.