FBI Can Secretly Turn On Your Webcam

FBI Can Secretly Turn On Your Webcam

A new report on FBI surveillance techniques has revealed some interesting details on the hacks the Bureau is using to keep tabs on suspected criminals. Published in the Washington Post, the story covers the search for a man known as ‘Mo’ who is alleged to have made several bomb threats to authorities.

In the article, Marcus Thomas, who used to work at the FBI’s Operational Technology Division, admits that FBI software can covertly enable a laptop’s webcam without triggering a warning light. This kind of secret surveillance is only used in terrorism cases or the “most serious” criminal investigations said Thomas.

Digital Trends

The FBI has been able to covertly activate a computer’s camera — without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording — for several years, and has used that technique mainly in terrorism cases or the most serious criminal investigations, said Marcus Thomas, former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, now on the advisory board of Subsentio, a firm that helps telecommunications carriers comply with federal wiretap statutes.

Washington Post

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6 thoughts on “FBI Can Secretly Turn On Your Webcam

  1. I don’t use my laptop cam and, when I am online, the camera will just see the edge of the keyboard because I use a separate screen and have the lid closed! If I want to use the cam I plug it in, stick it on top of my screen, and afterwards I put it away. They might get lucky.

  2. I wish manufacturers would address this . I do have a laptop with a mechanical shutter, however I would like to see it available on cell phones and tablets. Also would like to see mechanical kill switches on microphones.

  3. Let's see them secretly take my webcam out of the drawer and plug it into a USB port. Another reason I prefer desktops.

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