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$40 spyware lets anyone spy on your most intimate moments

$40 spyware lets anyone spy on your most intimate moments
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A 34-year-old man in England was arrested last November for hacking other people's webcams. British investigators found sexual images from the hacked webcams on his computer - some of them from the users' Skype sessions.

The super scary detail in this story is that he used a piece of malware called BlackShades, which can be purchased for as little as $40. BlackShades is what's known as a remote access Trojan, and its victims are usually unaware they've been hacked.

Like much of the malware that's infecting computers, BlackShades is installed when the victims click particular links or download email attachments with the spyware. Protect yourself against these all-too-affordable-for-hackers Trojans by NEVER clicking links or downloading attachments that you didn't solicit.

To learn 5 ways hackers attack you and how to counter them, click here. For more information on your personal cybersecurity, visit our Komando.com Security Center. And for all the latest news on malware, hacks and your digital safety, check back often to our Happening Now page.

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