Secret web cams
Facebook is considering secretly watching and recording users through their webcams and smartphone cameras, a newly discovered patent suggests.
The document explains how the company would use technology to see how your facial expressions change when you come across different types of content on the site.
The site isn’t believed to have put its plans into action yet, and there’s no guarantee that it ever will.
The patent also details a new text-messaging platform that would detect how hard you type, and use that information to attempt to work out how you feel.
And once they’ve watched you for long enough, chances are they’ll try their luck blackmailing you with something they’ve seen.
So how can you tell if your camera has been compromised? James Scott, senior fellow at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology in the US, recently published a paper called: ‘America Exposed: Who’s Watching You Through Your Computer’s Camera?
You can either use plasters, or you can buy small webcam covers that can slide open and shut online.
The company later admitted that it “failed to communicate clearly why and how we did it”.
‘Or, if it is intentionally made vulnerable during production as part of an adversarial nation-state campaign, or if the consumer practices poor cyber-hygiene and Information Security.’ As easy as it is for someone to hack, it’s a bit harder to spot when you’re the one being targeted.
Scott, however, said that a major clue is if the little LED light next to your camera is on, even when you’re not using it.
‘The most obvious indication that a webcam has been hacked is the activation of the indicator light,’ he said.
‘However, this signal can easily be disabled by even an unsophisticated attacker.