A 16-year-old from London called "John" told investigators he had hacked more than 100 computers - using the webcams to view the victims on about half of them.He said: “I wasn't really looking for anything, just their reactions. It's just a bit of a laugh.' Matthew Anderson, 36, was jailed for 18 months after he was found guilty of infecting more than 200,000 computers with a virus that allowed their webcams to be hacked. Sadly there are people out there who get a kick out of spying on strangers and there is a trove of easily discovered, poorly secured cameras for them to peek through. It wouldn’t be the first time that an unsecured webcam has started swivelling around on its own, nor the first time somebody’s privacy has been invaded by an idiot spitting base insults through one."The developers behind RAT software generally describe their products as nothing more than tools which can be used for good and ill," Ars Technica noted.Stemming the proliferation of RAT tools is an impossibility -- there are too many and "source code is in the wild." But, advises Ars Technica, there are some basic precautions one can take to avoid ratter slavery (which largely boil down to "avoiding dodgy stuff"): Use a solid anti-malware program, keep your operating system updated, and make sure plugins (especially Flash and Java) aren't out of date.It's an unsettling read, revealing how "RAT operators have nearly complete control over the computers they infect; they can (and do) browse people's private pictures in search of erotic images to share with each other online.They even have strategies for watching where women store the photos most likely to be compromising." The online community of RAT operators, "ratters," Ars Technica notes, is almost exclusively male.
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Once installed, the 'remote administration tool' (RAT) software allows hackers to take control of the machine at any time.
Hackers can then access the hard drive and any personal files saved on to the computer.
We decided to put the camera down 1 times with the lens to the wall. In 2014, we wrote about a site that offered feeds from baby monitors in nurseries, as well as from security webcams delivering live feeds from bedrooms, offices, shops, restaurants, bars, swimming pools and gymnasiums.
During dinner, I was amazed at a friend of mine who wondered how this was possible.. In fact, there are sites where e-marauders can choose from a variety of feeds being pirated from devices.