FBI can secretly turn on laptop cameras without the indicator light
Scary. Insane. Ridiculous. Invasive. Wrong. The Washington Post reports that the FBI has had the ability to secretly activate a computer's camera "without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording" for years now. What in the hell is going on? What kind of world do we live in?
Marcus Thomas, the former assistant director of the FBI's Operational Technology Division, told the Post that that sort of creepy spy laptop recording is "mainly" used in terrorism cases or the "most serious" of criminal investigations. That doesn't really make it less crazy (or any better) since the very idea of the FBI being able to watch you through your computer is absolutely disturbing.
A reminder: you can cover your digital device's built-in cameras with opaque stickers that not only do the job, not only look sporty, but also help support the EFF and the good work they do.
Laptop Camera Cover Set
Thwart hostile adversaries and frustrate peepers with EFF's Laptop Camera Covers! Say goodbye to that unsightly sticky note/masking tape/nectarine sticker guarding your machine. This handsome set includes three 0.5" X 0.75" and two 0.5" X 1" adhesive stickers designed to help protect you from visual surveillance by covering the lens of your laptop camera (and other devices) until you're ready to use it! Every shop order helps EFF fight unlawful surveillance.
These stickers feature a unique ultra-removeable adhesive backing to ensure that they won't leave gummy residue on your lens.
…both the stickers and the EFF.
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