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Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera

Nest has restated its position as the poster-child of the smart home with a new indoor camera, the NestCam IQ. This is the third camera Nest has put on the market since its purchase of Dropcam in 2014, but it is the first to move the design forward with significant improvements in both hardware and software. The new camera …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 May 2017

Webcam sex blackmailer faces extradition to Canada to stand trial for bullied teen's suicide

The man thought to be behind one of the most notorious cases of cyber bullying may finally face trial in Canada – after a Dutch court approved his extradition from the Netherlands. Aydin Coban is alleged to have persuaded 15-year-old Canadian Amanda Todd to send compromising pictures of herself to him via webcam, and then …

Mounties nab Canadian woman, 27, in webcam hack shenanigans bust

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has nabbed a Canadian woman believed to have originated a botnet which she used to recreationally terrorise victims. As the Mounties report, investigators from their Integrated Technological Crime Unit (ITCU) arrested a female on suspicion of operating a botnet after conducting a search at her …
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Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL

Security researchers have confirmed that MacBook webcams can spy on their users without the warning light being activated. Apple computers have a “hardware interlock” between the camera and the light that is supposed to ensure the camera can't be activated without alerting the user by lighting a tell-tale LED above the screen …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2013

FTC slaps TRENDnet with 20 years' probation over webcam spying flaw

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with US wireless webcam manufacturer TRENDnet that will commit the firm to third-party security audits for the next 20 years, plus two years of free technical support for its customers. The FTC began its investigation last year after a list of the IP addresses of over 700 …
Iain Thomson, 5 Sep 2013

Pussy galore: Bubble-bath webcam spy outrage

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “I can make money from it, so why not?” This was a soundbite from a Radio 5 Live phone interview with a “Finnish webcam hacker” who claimed to have “sold” the ability to watch women as they sit in front of their laptops. The reporter and presenters were suitably appalled at the callous and blatant admission, and everyone …
Alistair Dabbs, 21 Jun 2013
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Flash flaw potentially makes every webcam or laptop a peephole

A security flaw thought to have been fixed by Adobe in October 2011 has reappeared thanks to a new vulnerability involving Flash Player browser plug-ins. The as yet unpatched vulnerability creates a means to seize control of webcams without permission before siphoning off video and audio from victims' PCs. The clickjack-style …
John Leyden, 18 Jun 2013
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Girls tricked by STEAMY message: Webcam spyware student jailed

A cyberstalking computer science student who tricked women into taking computers with hacked webcams into steamy shower rooms has been jailed for 12 months. Trevor Timothy Harwell, 21, of Fullerton in California, will be forced to spend five years on probation following his release and ordered to complete a sex offender …
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2012
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Rutgers student guilty, faces 10 years for webcam spying

Rutgers student Dharun Ravi is facing a possible ten years in prison after he used his webcam to spy on a gay roommate and broadcast the resulting video. In 2010, Ravi's 18-year old roommate, Tyler Clementi, was filmed with an unidentified partner by Ravi and a friend, who then showed the footage around their campus and …
Iain Thomson, 16 Mar 2012
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Russia’s fraud-busting Webcams join the party

Seeking to reassure voters in Russia’s presidential elections that the poll would be fraud-free, Vladimir Putin ordered that Webcams be set up, complete with live streams, in 95,000 polling stations. However, while the cameras have failed to stem complaints about the electoral process that’s almost certain to deliver the …
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Hurry up with webcams in courts, says Sky News boss

Streaming trials on the internet will help people have confidence in the British justice system, Sky News boss John Ryley claimed in an open letter to the Justice Secretary today. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke promised to open up British courts to cameras eight months ago in a meeting with Sky, the BBC and ITN – but as yet only …
Anna Leach, 5 Sep 2011

Webcam sextortion perve gets 6 years

A Peeping Tom webcam sextortionist has been jailed for six years after targeting several young women. Luis Mijangos, 32, a resident of Santa Ana, California, was imprisoned on Thursday after he was convicted of hacking into more than 100 computers, using stolen personal information, to blackmail his young female victims into …
John Leyden, 2 Sep 2011
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Anti-social media in defence a token of chronic stupidity

Comment First, for those of you not in Australia, a précis of a tawdry little tale. The Australian Defence Force found itself in the headlines for the wrong reasons when a young female member of the ADF Academy went public after having sex with a fellow cadet, only to find out later that he used a webcam and Skype to broadcast the …
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Prof to drill camera into own skull

An assistant professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts will embed a digicam into the back of his head as part of a year-long art piece — and some of his fellow faculty aren't too happy about it. The Iraqi-born American artist Wafaa Bilal has been commissioned by a new museum in Qatar to drill the camera into …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Nov 2010
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Panasonic TY-CC10W Skype camera

Review While purists might prefer a standards-based approach to Internet telephony, there’s no doubt that, for many people, Skype is much simpler to set up. Even so, with a few exceptions, most equipment is still tethered to a computer, especially if you want to use Skype’s video calling. Panasonic TY-CC10 What's on TV? Panasonic's …
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German webcam hack perv suspect cuffed

An alleged pervert has been arrested in Germany over allegations that he used malware to hack into webcams and spy on schoolgirls. The unnamed hacker from the Aachen region allegedly invaded the privacy of 150 youngsters, German news service DPA reports. The scheme was uncovered by Thomas Floß, from the association of data …
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2010
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School secretly snapped 1000s of students at home

A suburban Philadelphia school district secretly captured thousands of images of students in their homes, sometimes as they slept or were partially undressed, according to documents filed in federal court. Using a system to track lost or stolen laptops, officials from the Lower Merion School District also covertly surveilled …
Dan Goodin, 16 Apr 2010
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Webcam saves stranded man

This is nice. A German man stranded on sea ice was saved by a woman sitting at her PC 500km away. The man had gone for a stroll on the beach at St. Peter-Ording, on the North Sea, near Denmark, to watch the sunset, when he got disorientated, walked onto the ice, and could not find his way back. Facing almost certain death, he …
Team Register, 4 Feb 2010

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