Videochatting kids spied on via their Webcams

By Anne Collier

If the Jessi Slaughter story wasn’t enough to convince parents that kids’ bedrooms are not great places for Webcams, maybe this news out of Germany will help. A man in the Rhineland area “has been arrested for spying on more than 150 girls in their bedrooms by hacking into their computers and using their webcams to watch them,” reports. A computer security expert who gives talks about data protection in schools was told by a couple of students that the little lights on their Webcams didn’t go out after they finished videochatting on So, upon examining the computers (as he was invited to do by their parents, I assume), he found on them Trojan computer software designed to control their Webcams. “The [criminal] hacker had allegedly broken into the chat service account of one schoolgirl and used it to choose which others he wanted to spy upon and send the Trojan to their computers,” according to The Local. [Thanks to John Rabun at NCMEC for pointing this news out.]

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