How safe is your webcam? BBC demos access via Java vulnerability

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#1

Besides keeping Windows and the browser up to date, some users don’t realise that many attacks are focused on vulnerable versions of Java, Adobe reader, etc.

Besides risking a nasty infection such as the infamous ransomware type infection recently, the BBC has published a video giving a demonstration of how a hacker can use an innocent looking forum post that provides the hacker with webcam access to whoever views the post with a vulnerable Java plug-in. Besides webcam access, the hacker also gets full remote control access over the victim’s computer.


#2

Well, my computer’s webcam has a built-in cover, designed to keep out dust and scratches. So, I think it’s safe to say the only thing that’s actually vulnerable to hacking/interception is the mic, and well… pretty much everything else!:eek: