FBI warns of "sextortion" plots, blackmail and webcam hacking.
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FBI warns of "sextortion" plots, blackmail and webcam hacking.

San Antonio : TX : USA | May 30, 2011 at 10:50 PM PDT
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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - The FBI recently arrested Luis Mijangos for hacking into more than 100 homes by turning on the webcams in their home computers. Which is totally shocking information!

"In some cases he was able to turn on the web cameras that were on people's computers and, just by dumb luck, happened to catch them walking naked across the room", said an unidentified spokesman for the FBI.

WHO IS WATCHING YOU!

In Mijangos case it was "sextortion" plots, that he was into. A term many people have never heard of before "sex - exploitation" . He would apparently email those people and threaten to release the video unless they made more sexual videos. He would sometimes pose as the victims boyfriend, asking woman to send them "Booby shots" (photographs of the breasts) and sexually explicit photos and videos.

Mijangos told the FBI he was part of a big hacking group, which specialized in "sextortion and blackmail" online. Apparently in an attempt to negotiate some kind of a deal in exchange for a lighter sentence maybe? But his case illustrates, what the FBI call a "growing trend" they are seeing online.

"It's frightening" said one woman.

HOW IT HAPPENS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

Hackers can get access to your computers when you click on downloads loaded with spyware. They can then find your passwords, open your accounts and in some cases, turn on your webcam and spy on you!

I guess the most important advice is to know that webcam hacking is real. It can happen to you, if your a female very easily and escalate. Anything in your system is exposable. One security expert I talked to said this "If I can get in your system, I can take over anything thats connected to it, webcams, printers, scanners..."

Firewalls will help protect your computer, he said - so will "spybot" anti-spyware software program, which will deal with a lot of that stuff.

WHEN IN DOUBT USE A SMALL PIECE OF BLACK TAPE!

For you paranoid types I suggest a small piece of black tape will also solve that problem. And some night when you notice the little light on next to your webcam it may it could be someone is watching you!

RobertTilford01 is based in La Crosse, Kansas, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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