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A Terrifying Look At What Could Happen If Your Webcam Gets Hacked

by Craig Carilli

April 6, 2015

We’ve all used a webcam at some point, either chatting with friends or spending hours trying to explain to our grandparents how the thing works. We don’t often think about how that camera could be used against us in a real and frightening way. The woman pictured below is just finishing a chat with her mom, but her camera never turns off.

Image from “Webcam.”

These images are all from the short film, “Webcam,” created by Zbros Productions. The film was inspired by the real-life case of a 31-year-old man, who, according to the FBI, “used malicious code to infect and control the computers of his victims.” After gaining access, he downloaded images and used them to blackmail his victims to get more illicit videos and photos from them.

Image from “Webcam.”
Image from “Webcam.”

She was unaware that something was wrong until her computer started making strange noises.

Image from “Webcam.”

In the end, we see just how terrifying it would be to have someone secretly watching us.

Image from “Webcam.”

The film was shot entirely on a computer’s camera and highlights just how vulnerable we can be to being hacked and having our personal lives stolen from us. You can watch the complete video below and feel free to cover your webcam at any point during or after.

 

 

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A Terrifying Look At What Could Happen If Your Webcam Gets Hacked