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Your MacBook May Spy on You

Your MacBook May Spy on You

Added: Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Category: About Torrents > Staying Safe And Secure
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Miss Teen USA has recently contacted the FBI, claiming that she received two nude photos of herself by e-mail that had been taken over a period of several months. The FBI revealed that the individual who took the snaps was a high school classmate. The latter had software on his PC which allowed him to spy remotely on this girl and others. The individual pleaded guilty to extortion in October.


Laptops that have built-in cameras normally have a privacy feature which turns on a light when that camera is being used. With personal computers, security specialists admit that the warning light can’t be deactivated. But it turned out that in the case of MacBooks someone has worked out a way how to do it.

Actually, the Federal Bureau of Investigations recently admitted that it has known how to do it for many years now – and it’s despite Apple’s assurance that the camera had a “hardware interlock” between it and the light in order to make sure it can’t be turned on without alerting its owner.

Security experts have come up with a way to use MacBook and iMac models older than 2008, which might also work on younger models as well. The matter is that a modern laptop has a number of different computers in one package: although Apple designed its MacBook to block software running on its CPU from activating the camera without turning on the light, you can still target the chip inside the camera (a micro-controller) and defeat this security feature.

Moreover, this also opens up a lot of security vulnerabilities in MacBooks nobody ever really thought of. According to the researchers, an attack can be mounted on Apple batteries to cause them to discharge rapidly – this could potentially lead to a fire or explosion. The researchers even managed to convert a built-in Apple keyboard into spyware using a similar method.

Apparently, it all depends on how much security the manufacturer puts on its hardware, and it appears Apple might not put on enough. The security experts confirmed that they had contacted the company, which got back to them several times. But Apple hasn’t done anything yet.

It looks like the only way to guarantee your privacy is to put a piece of tape on iSight camera and take it off only when you want to use it. This sounds and looks silly, but if you don’t want to receive a picture of yourself naked one day, it might want to consider this idea.

December 26th,2013

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Date:  Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Comments (15) (please add your comment »)

posted by Kitty (2013-12-26 17:33:14)
hijiri2 avatarlol it's time to install iSight camera inside my toilet,pervs can enjoy view every time i'm taking a dump!

posted by (2013-12-26 18:19:48)
blade70 avatarThere has been software to hack the webcam of every laptop running Windows XP and 7 (no 8, oddly enough) since 2002. It's a 32-bit app that allows the user to take control of an unlimited number of Windows laptops at the same time. There's a great article on the subject on Ars Technica titled "Meet the men who spy on women through their webcams" by Nate Anderson, published on March 10, 2013. Truly recommended reading.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET lover (2013-12-26 18:38:31)
Nan1977asdl avatarI am using the last method [Tape Method] from your previous article.SAM
"FBI Can Secretly Activate Your PC Camera" LOL
Thanks for the info.

posted by ET junkieET loverSupermanmen (2013-12-26 19:18:43)
sn3h1t87 avatarDoes this mean all the girls i chat with on sex rooms are probably men? lolz They all don't want to turn their cam on. I just don't understand. Who does that? i mean....omg! Lolz

posted by ModeratorTrue LoveGirl (2013-12-26 23:20:44)
SiLvErDuSt avatarsn3h1t87
sn3h1t87 avatar Does this mean all the girls i chat with on sex rooms are probably men? lolz They all don't want to turn their cam on. I just don't understand. Who does that? i mean....omg! Lolz

lol it means your more of a fool than we thought

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2013-12-27 02:25:22)
fusseltier avatarwhy do people think this is new? its been going on for years.
just like snowden, nothing he said was new news... his news was 25 years old, this is probably 10.
its amazing that people don't already know this stuff and think its just starting to happen.

posted by Blocked (2013-12-27 03:03:11)
No avatarTime for clip-on webcam covers for laptops - I better file my patent now, before Apple steals it!

posted by ET junkieET loverSupermanmen (2013-12-27 04:46:41)
sn3h1t87 avatarOoO so harsh comment by SiLvErDuSt, well i just stated in humorous way..not want to point out anyone....if i did wrong so taking my word back..not wan to make any issue on this Christmas !!!

posted by (2013-12-27 05:50:44)
Lyaam avatarThey all said I was crazy! Now... now they all want a piece of my tape!!

posted by men (2013-12-27 14:15:02)
ZerlindaX avatarThis spy software been around before most of your were
born. Remember the good old 80's AOL days? lol. They
had a fully remote program that could control every part
of one computer. Guys, get a good anti rootkit program.

posted by (2013-12-27 15:20:01)
MECH8204 avatara day or two after I bought my laptop I taped mine not because I thought they were doing it but because as I sat there in front of it in MY OWN HOUSE I thought wow I better stop uh I mean be carefull what im doing somebody might be watching then I remembered im in MY HOUSE ill do whaterver I want then I sighed shook my head got the tape been that way for 3-4 years.and yeah I caved but im still pissed, revolution keeps rolling around in my head only now its in caps and the letters get bolder every day sorry these people make me angry

posted by ET junkieET lovermen (2013-12-27 22:21:23)
wingit3 avatarOOps, better not crack one off in front of my laptop then.?!!!

posted by (2013-12-29 09:04:49)
Darkan9el avatarNow what am I gonna do for entertainment sigh! suppose I'll have to go back to freetv {skulks off downstairs dragging a one armed life size chucky doll}

posted by (2013-12-29 09:13:40)
Darkan9el avatar@ sn3h1t87: SILvErDuST was just having a bit of fun with ya, we all got what you meant and it was funny lol!

posted by (2013-12-30 07:11:28)
cggc avatarno pop up for who snapshot!

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