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'Tape Your Webcam': Horrifying Malware Broadcasts You to the World

July 30, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Steven Nelson / U.S. News

Video-hosting platforms and Internet users need to do more to combat the 'slaving' of devices, advocates warn.

The Internet is flush with webcam videos of people who clicked unwittingly on a malware link and opened their computer to anonymous miscreants intent on mocking, blackmailing or simply spying on them, according to a report being published Thursday.

There's not enough being done about such little-known but alarming invasions of privacy, the Digital Citizens Alliance says in its report on computer "slaving" by programs known as Remote Access Trojans, or RATs.

However, the organization says both corporations and individuals can take steps to address the problem.

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