We don’t advise that you do this at all, but on YouTube right now you can find tutorials on how to hack into someone else’s computer. Now, whilst hacking has been a popular addition to many science fiction books, films and TV shows for many many years, a scary new trend has been discovered in which people are hacking in your webcam and recording/watching your every move. CREEPY.
Yes, without your knowledge or consent, people are able to get uncontrolled access to your build-in webcams using a system called “Remote Access Trojans” – or RATs for short. Even though the tutorials to become a RAT insist they are for legal purposes, some of the scariest ones often hint about to get around filming “unconsenting victims”. But don’t worry, there’s a very simple way to protect yourself.
Hemanshu Nigam, a former employee for the Department of Justice, points out the mental process behind someone who wants to hack a computer in this way – “I’m interested in this girl, and I want to get in her computer and watch her webcam because I’m a crazy, criminal nut, right? I can learn that” and the place to learn it is on YouTube. But, Google insists that YouTube prohibits these videos if they focus on hacking “with malicious intent”.
So, if you want to feel safe and protected from RATs and the type of people desperate to watch what you get up to in your bedroom via your webcam, here’s the one and only thing you need to do. Recommended as the best course of action from the Director of the FBI… just put a bit of tape over your webcam. That’s literally it… CELLOTAPE CAN PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY.
If you want proof of this theory in action, look no further than an Instagram uploaded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. And he’s got some MASSIVE secrets to hide.