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iSeeYou : Macbook webcams CAN SPY on you WITHOUT LED twinkling

23. December 2013 14:15 by CA in Hack, Privacy Leak

Security researchers have confirmed that MacBook webcams can spy on their users without the warning light being activated.

 

Apple computers have a “hardware interlock” between the camera and the light that is supposed to ensure the camera can't be activated without alerting the user by lighting a tell-tale LED above the screen

 

However Stephen Checkoway, a computer science professor at Johns Hopkins University and graduate student Matthew Brocker were able to circumvent this security feature by reprogramming the micro-controller chip inside the camera.

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