The website, Insecam.org, also exposes the inside of daycare centers, airline hangars, hospitals and shopping malls in other parts of the world.
No one knows how pervasive this is; there’s no clearinghouse for such information. Earlier this month, FBI Director James Comey told an interviewer that he placed a piece of tape over the webcam on his own computer, and urged the public to follow suit.
Better firewalls and anti-virus software can blunt some of these intrusions.
A Toronto woman was photographed watching Netflix by a hacker who commandeered the webcam on her laptop.
They can also embed them in email attachments or emailed hyperlinks that ask a potential victim things like, “Do you want to hear an interesting new song?
”Hackers can create their own RATs, or simply buy them online. The FBI said hacker Jared James Abrahams of Temecula used this kind of malware in 20 to take control of the webcams of numerous women, and photographed some of them when they were naked.
His victims included Cassidy Wolf, who was Miss Teen USA in 2013.
Abrahams tried to extort some of his victims with photos he took with the webcams.