"They thought it was funny as hell." Webcam scams do occur, though they're far less common than other types of online extortion.

Someone could be watching you through your webcam right now.

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What would you do if someone had control of your webcam without your knowledge?

It’s a maddening thought, really, and one that I don’t particularly enjoy dwelling on.

They dubbed the program Back Orifice—a twist on Microsoft's Back Office.

The authors "were not malicious guys," says Frank Heidt, CEO of Leviathan Security.

In a report released last month, Canadian researchers concluded that Ghost Net has cracked at least 1,295 computers in 103 different countries, specifically targeting the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan activists and officials.

Stealing documents and logging keystrokes—that I understand.Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer revealed this stat at CES last month while discussing the Internet software’s ongoing success internationally.While the technology continues to improve, users are slow to learn how to make video calls look good.In some cases, if they’re really crafty, hackers can even spy on you without the LED on your webcam lighting up.Notable victims of webcam hacking include Cassidy Wolf, an American model who was crowned Miss Teen USA in 2013.You can get all sorts of useful information reading someone's e-mail or looking at their bank records. That seems creepy even by the standards of shady cyber-spying rings.