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2/27/2014
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British Spies Capture Yahoo Webcam Images

UK agency's effort to collect facial images via Yahoo chat sessions brings in too many other body parts.

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Joe Stanganelli
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3/1/2014 | 4:38:25 AM
Re: Webcams are hackable too
@jgherbert: That was an issue that was raised repeatedly...although I believe the decision was to not prosecute.

And, for the most part, the school district quickly settled on the civil claims.
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2/28/2014 | 11:28:38 PM
Re: Webcams are hackable too
Interesting legal situation. If the images they captured included underage nudity and they are storing these images on their servers, could they not be prosecuted for possession of child pornography?
Joe Stanganelli
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2/28/2014 | 10:59:25 PM
Re: Webcams are hackable too
Makes you wonder why internal webcams have become the standard...  In the good old days of external cams, you could simply unhook plug it when it wasn't in use.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/28/2014 | 10:57:17 PM
Re: But since nobody uses Yahoo anymore ...
@Alison: This reminds me of that "WebcamGate" case a few years back w/ the Pennsylvania school district that was clandestinely turning on their students' webcams at home to spy on them -- in some cases picking up nudity and partial nudity.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/28/2014 | 10:56:19 PM
Re: British intelligence like American, only worse
@PaulS: I like the distinction "undesirable nudity."

That would imply that some was desirable, no?  :p
Joe Stanganelli
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2/28/2014 | 10:55:35 PM
Re: But since nobody uses Yahoo anymore ...
FWIW, Yahoo may just be the one we know about.

Although Yahoo may well be favored by foreign "evildoers."  It has been favored by 419 scammers, for instance...
Alison_Diana
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2/28/2014 | 12:57:43 PM
Re: But since nobody uses Yahoo anymore ...
That was one of my reactions too, David. That and anger.
David F. Carr
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2/28/2014 | 10:44:43 AM
But since nobody uses Yahoo anymore ...
OK, obviously someone still uses Yahoo, but seriously, why would they target Yahoo in particular? Does it really attract an audience of evildoers?
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2/27/2014 | 7:49:17 PM
Re: British intelligence like American, only worse
I thought the same thing when I read this. Like they never would have thought they would get some nudity. I wouldn't be surprised at all if some were looking for porn and just covered there a$$ by saying it was in the interest of national security.
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2/27/2014 | 7:47:00 PM
Re: Webcams are hackable too
This isn't that surprising. It is widley known webcams are hackable and goverments can just say that they are looking for persons of interest and just invade everyones privacy. Sad but true.
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