IS YOUR WEBCAM WATCHING YOU?
Sophos Reports on Worm that Spies on Innocent Computer Users
W32/Rbot-GR worm can spy on users via their webcams. Sophos
has warned computer users about a worm that has the capability
to use webcams to spy on them in their home or workplace.
The W32/Rbot-GR worm spreads via network shares, exploiting
a number of Microsoft security vulnerabilities, installing
a backdoor Trojan horse as it travels.
installed on an infected computer, remote hackers can easily
gain access to the information on the PC's hard drive and
steal passwords, as well as spy on innocent users via their
webcam and microphone. "More and more hackers are interested
in spying on the people they manage to infect with their worms
and Trojan horses. In the workplace, this worm opens up the
possibilities of industrial espionage. At home it is equivalent
to a Peeping Tom who invades your privacy by peering through
your curtains," said Graham Cluley, senior technology
consultant for Sophos. "If your computer is infected
and you have a webcam plugged in, then everything you do in
front of the computer can be seen, and everything you say
can be recorded."
Sophos believes that the W32/Rbot-GR worm is evidence of a
growing trend of more and more malware spying on innocent
home computer owners and poorly-protected businesses.
"With many home users keeping poorly-defended PCs in
their bedroom, there is considerable potential for abuse.
The message is simple - keep your PC protected against the
latest threats with anti-virus software and firewalls, and
if in any doubt unplug your webcam when you're not using it,"
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