How to protect myself from camjacking?
Hello, I recently stumbled upon a new camjacking technique, it uses your own browser and a web camera to spy on you. I'd like to protect myself from that, but I don't want to turn my camera off, because I need it quite often, is there any way to achieve that?
Unfortunately, such a technique is rather popular and security specialists at Jammer-Store Inc. have already seen and check it. First of all that exploit uses security holes in Flash Player browser plugin and simply hide the security notifications of it. So when somebody tries to reach your web camera – the notification will be blocked and you won't be able to do anything about it. The code of the exploit can be uploaded to any website and it will spy on users.
That exploit works great with Windows 8 and Mac OS, its work is not guaranteed with Windows 7 or earlier and Ubuntu. So, actually, your webcam may be used to spy on you and there are a couple of possible ways how to prevent that. First of all – avoid suspicious sites, they may gather information on you. Second – use cameras with a LED working indicator, or a folding screen, to cover the lens. If we are talking about wireless cameras – use a Wi-Fi jamming device to block that, when you don't need it.
Anyway, we recommend to avoid wireless cameras, because the information they send to a PC may be intercepted and, in a matter of fact, Wi-Fi networks are vulnerable and may be used against you. But the true danger that hacking technique may pose to notebook and tablet users. Their cameras are built-in and in most cases they have no screens or LED indicators. In that case, the solution will be to deny all the incoming connections to the Flash Player plugin.
Thanks for your question, I hope, I've managed to help.