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Hackers and Governments Can Hack Your Phone's Camera

Hackers and Governments Can Hack Your Phone's Camera

Ever wonder if your phone camera and microphone are spying on you? This is how hackers and governments are using your everyday device to track your daily activities and conversations- here's how you can protect yourself.

Former FBI director James Comey admitted back in September 2016 that he always covers his laptop’s webcam with tape after seeing Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerburg doing the same with his laptop.

By covering your laptop's camera and microphone jack prevents hackers’ attempts to spy on you after gaining access to the victim's device by using remote-access trojans.

Apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Viber, and more asks for access to front and back camera and can even take pictures without your permission.

Your every moment can be tracked through your mobile device (both Android and iOS). Government security agencies like the NSA also have access to your devices- where they can listen to your phone calls, read your messages, capture pictures of you, stream videos of you, read your emails, and more.

If that's not enough, hackers are able to install malicious software/app on the unsuspected user’s device through phishing attacks or suspicious attachments. Then, use a keylogger to steal all of their passwords. From there, hackers can take pictures and stream videos from the victim's camera. Some of this content is even being streamed live on the dark web. You might even be on InSeCam, which is a website that allows anyone to watch surveillance cameras for free.

What You Can Do

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by Fei Song