I think that's a good thing."That the FBI's director covers his cams may be a surprise to some, just as it was when people spotted Mark Zuckerberg's webcam tape-over in a photo of his Facebook desk this spring.But many of us who've been paying attention to cybercrime and punishment have been covering our webcams for years, and telling all our friends and family to do it, too.Known as phishing, it's the most common form of online hack attack.The following year, the FBI ran its largest cyber operation to date, in 2014, arresting scores of webcam hackers in over a dozen countries, who had all been using a program called Blackshades. If you have a modern device that can get online, it probably has a camera.
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The program has the ability to give its user access to "photographs and other files on the victim's computer, record all of the keystrokes entered on the victim's keyboard, steal the passwords to the victim's online accounts, and even activate the victim's web camera to spy on the victim -- all of which could be done without the victim's knowledge." The malicious tool was shown to have been purchased by several thousand hackers in over 100 countries, infecting more than half a million computers around the world. Wolf now tapes over all of her webcams, and so should we all. And if it has a camera, someone looking for cash or scummy thrills has probably figured out how to hack it and turn it on without your knowing.
Protecting yourself is as easy as taping it up, just like Zuck and Comey.
Sticky notes work well because they have a gentle adhesive, and you can also find privacy stickers for purchase online that are made specifically for putting on (and taking off) web and phone cameras.
Perhaps what's such a facepalm isn't the irony of the FBI telling us how not to get spied on, or why cam-covering is such a wacky idea to Comey's friends.