It’s also worth noting that we turn away more models than we accept.
‘Or, if it is intentionally made vulnerable during production as part of an adversarial nation-state campaign, or if the consumer practices poor cyber-hygiene and Information Security.’ As easy as it is for someone to hack, it’s a bit harder to spot when you’re the one being targeted.
Scott, however, said that a major clue is if the little LED light next to your camera is on, even when you’re not using it.
But at the same time, people just aren’t informed that their “smart” products could have these security problems.
There’s a reason that a search engine for the “Internet of Things” shares its name with a malicious computer program from a horror video game. Smart products are becoming cheaper and more commonplace, and they offer distinct advantages, ranging from being able to flip on the lights with your voice to making your home more energy efficient.
As well as blocking off the cam, Scott recommends a number of other things you should get in the habit of doing as best practice.
He says you should ‘regularly update and patch devices, drivers and applications’ to make sure you’re protecting your device.
But some of those flaws remain unfixed, and one of them lets anybody who can read Chinese and has spy on you, your baby, or your business with the click of a button.
Boing Boing found the app, programmed in China, which simply searches the internet for common models of webcams — used for everything from a cheap security system to a baby monitor — and plugs in the default password (which many people forger or neglect to change).
Cybersecurity has become a pressing issue, from the national level right down to the personal.
And some glaring flaws in how we conduct ourselves that have basically forced companies like Microsoft to save us from our own stupidity.
Once you’ve done this, and you’ve rid your computer of any malware lurking about, you can reinstall the drivers and disable the firewall rule.