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He is working on his Ph D at MIT and writes a blog called Snacks for Your Mind.Sidor's latest "snack" is a demonstration of how the cameras on your Android Smartphone can be turned on without you knowing it, and sequential photos sent to a third party over the Internet.Webcam spying is part of a suite of so-called Remote Access Tools or RATS.Thomas told the Post that the FBI has had these tools for years but uses "Rattingly" (the webcam spying tool) sparingly.Interpol announced the arrest of 58 persons in the Philippines for sextortion, including one case where a 17-year-old victim committed suicide in July last year following blackmailing by the group.
In another case, a Glendale California man was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday after pleading guilty in a sextortion case that targeted hundreds of women.
Photos of the students included snaps of them at home, in bed, sometimes partially clothed.
In one case the school claimed a student was popping pills: in fact he was eating candy.
Such spying falls into a gray legal area, but once it goes onto a mobile device, it clearly intrudes on privacy outside of the work space. Corporate spying also facilitates insider trading, where the "insider" gains privileged access to your webcam, mobile camera or microphone.
The extent of stock exchange manipulation and trading of sensitive investment and competitive information from computer and smartphone spying is unknown.
By being able to activate either a webcam or microphone on a PC, laptop or smartphone, intruders can listen in on sensitive meetings and conversations and even know where the meetings are held, who attended, and everything about what was discussed. It is of course illegal to record a conversation without obtaining permission of the person or persons being recorded, but keep in mind even web conferencing software allows for proceedings to be recorded and no permission is asked.