Webcam: A Short Film About The Dangers of Webcam Hacking [Video]

Warning: Do not watch this at work, and while there is nothing inappropriate with the video, some scenes could attract unwanted attention if someone sees you watching this.

“Webcam” is based on actual events and was shot entirely on a computer’s webcam. The filmmakers hope that it will make people think more about the technology that we use every day and the effects it can have on all of us.

[ZBros Productions]

17 Responses to Webcam: A Short Film About The Dangers of Webcam Hacking [Video]

  1. All that work to make the movie, and they couldn’t add a little card at the end about how to prevent this sort of thing?

    • It is staged, supposed to be that way. It's showing what could happen if someone hacked into your webcam. I, for one, don't have a webcam integrated into my laptop and don't ever want one, unless I always remember to cover it up.

  2. This kind of thing has me worried with :Project Glass" from google. its something im looking forward to but hacking into someones field of vision is pretty scary. Lots of "Ghost in the shell" themes can be tailored to out new technologies. This is a good representation of what could be and is happening today.

  3. There was a Wired article about that a few months ago. The movie itself is staged, but it is based on true events. Always shut the flap over the cam if there's one or put a sticker on your webcam when not in use.

  4. It's obviously fake, or a movie so to speak, but it still made me paranoid, I'm pretty sure there are ways to hack a webcam that way. LOL, just in case I'm gonna put a sticker or something on my webcam when not in use, better safe than sorry hehe.

  5. As far as I know, they can only use the webcam when the laptop is turned on, and I never leave my laptop around like she does. When I'm not using it, it's closed and hibernating. This isn't to prevent hacking though, it's just common sense to not waste electricity like that.

  6. For those of you that keep posting about it being a fake, for the love of Keith can you not read? There are end credits saying who played whom. Of course it is not real time footage of what went on. You were totally missing the point.

    This short film was made in order to relay how it is possible to have your webcam hacked – as did really happen to the person cited at the end of this film – you know just before the end credits came up.

    The point is people are not all internet security savvy and one of the dangers to be aware of.

    As Mike said a few posts above me, it would have been useful to have included a "what to do to avoid this happening to you" section.

    Not everyone is an IT wizard / net g33k haxor, so it is not patronising to forewarn people to be a little more stringent in their use of the internet.

  7. One thing that's not mentioned in the movie, is how her cam got hacked. It was an IT guy that she took her computer to, he loaded up a program of some sort that basically made her computer report it's IP address and start streaming the cam so he could look in on her. This was NOT done with a simple virus that you can pickup online like one of the many FakeAV variants.

  8. If someone wanted to break into her house, why would they need to hack her webcam? Hacking webcam, scary, sure. But if someone wants to break into your house, they can do it without hacking your webcam.

  9. The whole point I think is the safety and "creepy" factor. He wanted to watch her, learn about her, & then break in. Those people are the scariest b/c victims don't know what's going on b/c it's done so subtly. This is why my laptop camera is always covered up & I only have an ethernet cable (no wireless). On top of that I put my computer to sleep when not in use. I've seen too many tech movies to trully trust technology.

  10. So yes this is totally possible, no the person does not ever need to touch your computer to do. It is easy to get a person's ip if you try and not that much harder to get access to you cam, generally this means they have remote access to your PC (most the times you have to turn this on but there are ways around it) which then allows them to muddle around in your files as well or just see what you are doing on your pc in general. Things you can do to prevent this are pretty easy, first if you don't use the cam often unplug from your pc if its a laptop a bit of scotch tape over the lens will make it impossible to see, also keep an eye on that light next to the lens if you aren't using it or a program that might be running the mic then it is bad news, another thing you can do is make sure your remote access is off (ask google how to turn off remote access on your Operating system ie windows xp, vista, 7, Apple OS, whatever just make sure its off), finally get an IP scrambler again just google that and blamo your ip is scrambled and much harder to track (also really good if you like to P2P stuff with torrents). Also these guys usually don't just creep on a random person they like to find people via chat rooms, forum posts, and/or popular youtube or facebook channels.

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