"Netflix and cuddle" is the go-to evening in for couples across the country. But three is most definitely a crowd, especially when the "guest" is uninvited. One Toronto couple had a most unwelcome visitor watching them on their computer as they snuggled up for a movie.
Naked Security reports that Chelsea Clark opened her Facebook account the morning after a night in watching Netflix with her boyfriend and had a message that included photos of the couple cuddling. It was from a "Mahmoud Abdo" in Cairo, Egypt, with the text "Realy,cute couple" and the pictures, obviously taken with her webcam.
This wasn't an issue with Netflix, but rather the result of a remote access Trojan, or RAT. We've told you how easy it is for hackers to learn, via YouTube videos, how to hack your webcam. These RATs are a nasty hacker tool. Just look at the photos Clark was sent:
Here are a few tips to keep yourself safe from RATs and other malware that can do nefarious things to your computer like taking control of your webcam. First of all, make sure you have up-to-date security software on all of your computers. Click here for our guide to digital security.
Watch out for emails or other messages from strangers, and never click a link in any of those messages. This is the most common way for malware to make it onto your computer.
To ensure your webcam's privacy, either switch it off when you're not using it, or, if it's built in, cover it with a bandage or other opaque material. And if your privacy is violated, report it to the authorities, like the woman in Toronto did.
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