An earlier report suggested the FBI could activate a device's camera without having the light turn on, and there was a case in the news where a woman had nude pictures taken of her without her knowledge.
However, researchers have now proven that it's possible to commandeer a computer's webcam *without* the LED light coming on, making it much harder to tell if you are being secretly recorded. The woman is visible from thousands of miles away on a hacker’s computer. A picture of old naked men appears in their Web browser, then vanishes as a Mc Afee security product blocks a “dangerous site.” “I think someone hacked into our computer,” says the young man. [Update: Tape also works.] Ars Technica’s Nate Anderson details “the Internet’s Wild West” of remote administration tools (RAT), which are as scary for their description of female hacking victims as “slaves” as they are vulnerable to the little known little green light, which is installed on all Macbooks. ” says a blond woman as she leans back on a couch, bottle-feeding a baby on her lap. Both stare at the computer in horrified fascination. Such steps won’t stop every attack, but they will foil many casual users looking to add a few more slaves to their collections There is one foolproof way to avoid an increasingly terrifying group of perverted cyberspies who are hijacking (mostly) women’s computer cameras: Buy a new computer that has a light that goes on whenever your webcam is in use, whether you know it or not.Here, for instance, is a photograph of a white Mac Book Core 2 Duo.You can tell from the photograph that the laptop is capturing video via its webcam (known as its intenal i Sight in Apple parlance).