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Russian Webcam Hackers Spy on Bedrooms and Offices November 20 2014

Another very scary article written by Holly Ellyatt and Arjun Kharpal appearing on NBC News today (11/20/14) reports that a Russian website has been discovered streaming live footage from thousands of private webcams, CCTV systems and even baby monitors from around the globe. 

The website is live-streaming footage from over 250 countries collected from security cameras used by businesses and members of the public.

Feeds from countries around the world showed a variety of public and private locations, from offices, shops and sidewalks to more intimate footage of bedrooms including children's rooms, living rooms and kitchens and even pets like dogs and goldfish. 

you can find the full article here:  www.http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/russian-webcam-hackers-spy-bedrooms-offices-n252431 

This highlights why it's so important to protect yourself with No Spy Stickers.     


The “Snappening” Should Serve as a Huge Wake-Up Call October 14 2014

The recent hacking of Snapchat dubbed the “Snappening” should serve as a huge wake-up call that we need to protect our images whether we’re sharing them in what we think is a safe environment or preventing hacking or even spying!  For everyone that thinks the internet is a safe place this is an important reminder that unfortunately there are a lot of bad people out there and we need to protect ourselves. 

In the case of this particular hack, Snapchat -- which reports having 100 million monthly active users -- said that it was not the source of the breach and that its servers were never hacked.  Instead, Snapchat blamed the leak on unnamed third-party apps used to send and receive messages, or Snaps, a practice that Snapchat’s terms of use prohibit.  They can blame third parties, they can be responsible and take the blame themselves; regardless, its “Snappening” and many people will be hurt.

 A Fox News article that was posted about the Snappening here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/10/13/expert-leaked-snapchat-images-should-serve-as-wake-up-call-to-users/?intcmp=obnetwork suggests that many of Snapchat’s users may have been lulled into a false sense of security, “believing the marketing propaganda that suggests images will be safely erased forever within ten seconds.”

 Laptops and phones have cameras and while they offer tremendous utility and fun, they also make us vulnerable.  They make us vulnerable to hackers and sometimes even ourselves.  We voluntarily share images – some of which we shouldn’t – and we are lulled into a false sense of security that we’re protected by anti-virus software and the very companies we do business with. 

No Spy Sticker’s helps in both cases.  By putting a No Spy Sticker over the camera on your laptop it gives you the ultimate control over your images – you KNOW that when the sticker is there you are safe.  And you decide when to move it aside and share.   

There are bad people out there!  Use NoSpySticker’s and be safe!  Get them for your friends and family and especially your teenage kids!


Even Antivirus Software Company Norton Says to Cover Your Webcam August 05 2014

In an article published on Norton's website, which can be found at... http://us.norton.com/yoursecurityresource/detail.jsp?aid=webcam_hacking, even they say to cover you webcam.  This is coming from Norton the company that makes virus protection software.

The author of the article goes through a litany of do’s and don’ts as far as webcam security goes and how to protect yourself - it's all very good advice:

    • Don’t click on suspicious attachments. 
    • Do use a firewall. 
    • Do use strong anti-virus software. 
    • Don’t keep PCs with webcams in bedrooms. 
    • Do secure your wireless connection. 
    • Don’t talk to strangers. 
    • Do be cautious about accepting tech help. 
    • Do look for the indicator light. 

But at the end of the day their best recommendation - and again, this coming from a company that makes virus protection software - is "your best bet is to use a decidedly low-tech solution...  ...The ultimate security control is to cover the lens,’’ says Steven Fox, an IT security expert who is quoted in the article. "If your webcam doesn't come with a lens cover, use an adhesive bandage or even a yellow sticky note to cover it up. It sounds silly, but it gives you positive feedback that no one is spying on you,”

 


Webcam hackers can spy on you in secret July 31 2014

The Today Show’s Jeff Rossen, had a very scary report in January, in which he hired a security expert to show how easy it is to hack into your computer.  How they can access your webcam remotely, watching your most intimate moments from the kitchen to the privacy of your own bedroom. The worst part is, you'd never even know.  

He worked with computer expert Jim Stickley of TraceSecurity to demonstrate how easy it is.  From thousands of miles away Jim 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. "It took about three minutes" to hack into their system, Stickley said.

So what does Jim recommend to protect yourself?  Number one: Leave your laptop closed when you're not using it. You can also put a piece of tape across the webcam lens. 

A well respected security expert even recommends a low tech approach to online security – tape!  That’s because as good as the anti-virus software is and as diligent as you think you’re being in keeping it up-to-date, the bad guys are always one step ahead.

That’s why we recommend No Spy Stickers as the most secure measure you can take to protect the privacy of you and your family.

The entire Today Show segment can be found here:  http://www.today.com/news/webcam-hackers-can-spy-you-secret-1C8095607


Even Technology Experts Cover Their Webcams May 25 2014

In an article publish on May 21, 2014 by Dana Liebelson, titled All About Blackshades, the Malware That Lets Hackers Watch You Through Your Webcam… Is any computer safe?  She concludes the article with a great bit of advice from the FBI and other security experts, which essentially recommends taking “concrete steps” to protect your privacy, such as “put(ting) tape over your webcam”. 

Fortunately, we offer a better alternative.

Dana's article can be found here:  

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/blackshades-malware-remote-access-webcam-fbi

 

  


The laptop always sat open in her bedroom, as she played music or communicated with her friends. Abrahams had been watching her from her laptop camera for a year, Wolf later learned. March 11 2014

Cassidy Wolf, the reigning Miss Teen USA, received an ominous e-mail message in March 2013.

The e-mail, from an unidentified sender, included nude photos of her that were obviously taken in her bedroom from her laptop.  The same laptop that always sat open in her bedroom.  The same laptop that she now realized someone had been using to spy on her.  "Either you do one of the things listed below or I upload these pics and a lot more...” the e-mail said.  And so began what Wolf describes as three months of torture.

The person that blackmailed Cassidy was eventually caught in an international crackdown by the FBI and police in 19 countries that has brought more than 90 arrests in what authorities say is a serious strike against a widespread and growing problem.  

The scariest part about this story is that it doesn’t end here.  These 90 arrests only scratch the surface.  The malware used in this hacking, “blackshades”, can be bought for as little as $40 and can be used to hack into and highjack computers, access hard drives, capture keystrokes and, yes, turn on webcams.  All this, without the victim ever knowing what’s going on.  AND, it can access your webcam without turning on the light that indicates your webcam is operating.

What does Cassidy Wolf do now to protect her privacy? 

She said her passwords are now more complicated and unique for each account, and she changes them often. She uses updated security software.  She also has a new laptop and… she covers the webcam with a sticker.

 

This story has been widely reported and can be found here: 

http://www.click2houston.com/news/Hacker-crackdown-Beauty-queen-among-victims/26051338?item=0

http://www.teenvogue.com/my-life/2013-11/cassidy-wolf-hacking

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/miss-teen-usa-hacked-with-blackshades-rat-malware/

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/dozens-arrests-blackshades-hacking-world/story?id=23778246

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2638874/More-90-people-nabbed-creepware-hacker-sting-victim-Miss-Teen-USA-describes-terror-watched-webcam-YEAR.html