Some have even reposted images of people masturbating and sex workers.Within hours authorities from Europe to the Far East were voicing their concerns at the ‘hack’, claiming that it circumvents privacy laws and even plays into the hands of paedophiles.READ MORE: * Ashley Madison blackmail threat to Auckland man * Wanna Cry ransomware victims told not to pay up by Cert NZ * How to protect your computer against the latest ransomware attack Netsafe spokeswoman Elizabeth Maddison said hackers could easily install the malware to secretly film if someone using a computer visited an infected website, opened an infected file or in some cases watched a video.She said Netsafe did not know what websites were compromised but it understood that the scam did not relate to adult websites themselves."They are recordings that were able to be taken as a result of malware that had been installed on the target's computer."She said people visiting adult websites should physically cover their webcam lenses. Stephen Bryen, Chairman & CTO Ziklag Systems Spying through smartphone cameras, computer webcams, laptops and tablets is widespread and governments have been checking people out for years.
‘Webcams can be easily compromised by even inexperienced and unsophisticated adversaries if the model of a webcam is inherently vulnerable due to a lack of security-by-design,’ he said.Many of the images obtained were very personal ones and could be used to either embarrass or blackmail users.Reports in the UK say that NSA engineers helped GCHQ develop the Optic Nerve program.A Russian-run website, which purports to show content from unsecure webcams around the world, has been drawing derision from Britain to Australia.But while officials talk of shutting down the site, its owner has defended it – claiming that it was meant to show the vulnerability of webcams and the importance of defending data with passwords. But web watchdogs were alerted today when Reddit users began posting screenshots from its thousands of feeds, while commenting on their content.