If the Jessi Slaughter story wasn't enough to convince parents that kids' bedrooms are not great places for Webcams, maybe this news out of Germany will help. A man in the Rhineland area "has been arrested for spying on more than 150 girls in their bedrooms by hacking into their computers and using their webcams to watch them," TheLocal.de reports. A computer security expert who gives talks about … [Read more...] about Videochatting kids spied on via their Webcams
A Philadelphia-area family has filed a lawsuit against their child's school district for spying on students using Webcams on a school-supplied laptops inside students' homes, and the FBI is investigating, the Washington Post reports. "The FBI will explore whether Lower Merion School District officials broke any federal wiretap or computer-intrusion laws." The district supplies laptops to all 2,300 … [Read more...] about Did school spy on student? FBI investigating
They're increasingly ubiquitous (many computers come with them built in), and people are using webcams for everything from face-to-face conversations with distant relatives to conducting live television interviews to documenting their love lives. WebProNews reports that Facebook receives some 260,000 video uploads per day, with 155,000 of them from webcams," which works out to about 59.6%. Here's … [Read more...] about Webcams: Positive, negative
One hundred families in southern Maryland are participating in a study with Webcams installed in the cars their teenagers drive. "Last year, crashes involving drivers ages 16 to 20 killed 112 people in the state," the Washington Post reports. "Such accidents, including one this week in Montgomery County, are often caused not by alcohol or overt recklessness but by simple driver inexperience." So … [Read more...] about Webcams in teens’ cars
The problem is, it's hard to detect, and - according to Trend Micro - virtually all Internet users can be victimized by clickjacking. What is it? A computer-security attack that tricks people into clicking on a link that appears only briefly on their screens, such as in a little game (see this illustration on YouTube). Clicking on it could cause your browser to download malicious software or allow … [Read more...] about Watch out for ‘clickjacking’!