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British Spies Capture Yahoo Webcam Images
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Laurianne
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2/27/2014 | 3:25:06 PM
Webcams are hackable too
This does present an interesting example of where an individual would assume privacy -- and would be wrong. Webcams are hackable, too, as we have reported, and some bad actors also want to take still pictures. The advice has been to cover your webcam with paper or tape just in case. It's too bad that the potential benefits of webcam in education, medicine, and everyday collaboration, may be outshadowed by apprehension over privacy and security.
Thomas Claburn
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2/27/2014 | 3:51:04 PM
Re: Webcams are hackable too
This demonstrates the problem with grabbing bulk data off the wire. Anyone who has participated in any embarrassing activity captured in digital form on a network-connected device is potentially subject to blackmail by any intelligence agency with the skills to hijack data.
blueheron
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2/27/2014 | 4:56:33 PM
Re: Webcams are hackable too
What is frightening is that we live in a world where governments believe that because such data capture is feasible it must also mean that it is legal and ethical.
Charlie Babcock
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2/27/2014 | 7:17:23 PM
British intelligence like American, only worse
British intelligence was surprised that some of its citizens transmit nudity over the Internet? This must be the same kind of intelligence that failed to see the break up of the Soviet Union coming.
PaulS681
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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.
PaulS681
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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.
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?
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.
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...
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
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