Malware Can Activate Webcams
Trojans and other malware programs can be used to take control of a computer's webcam.
In response to the current uproar over webcam spying by Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District, CNET News' Larry Magid looks at the myriad of ways that a computer's webcam can be accessed remotely.
"There are also Trojan horses and other malware programs that can be used to take remote control of a computer," Magid writes. "According to Mike Geide, senior security researcher at cloud security company Zscaler, 'there are several exploit kits out there that include rootkit functionality that allow (people) to interact with the operating system however they want, and that includes turning on specific services or running applications in the background that would include applications to report Webcams, record audio, or turn on a built-in internal microphone.'"
Click here to read the CNET News article.