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NSA recommends physically removing iSight webcam from Apple laptops for security reasons

August 21, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Madison Ruppert / End The Lie

In an undated National Security Agency (NSA) factsheet, the agency recommends having the built-in iSight webcam on Apple computers physically removed as a security measure.

It is worth noting that�surveillance software capable of hijacking a webcam and microphone�in real time is marketed directly to governments,�including the U.S. government.

Furthermore, the FBI has reportedly hired hackers to create malware capable of�similarly hijacking a laptop microphone�and the U.S. government is now the�largest buyer of malware in the world.

Interestingly, an�NSA factsheet�on hardening techniques for Mac OS X includes going as far as having the iSight camera physically removed from a device.

"The best way to disable an integrated iSight camera is to have an Apple-certified technician remove it," the factsheet states.

The Atlanticpoints out�that "if the NSA doesn't trust a particular piece of hardware can't be used for surveillance, it's probably safe to assume an average user shouldn't either."

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