James Comey, the Director of the FBI has advised to cover up the webcam of your laptop or computer with tape describing it as a security measure which everyone must comply to.
Like everyone else, Comey does not want to be spied on. Speaking at a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Comey was asked if he still covers his webcam with a tape, to which he replied “Hell yeah, hell yeah. And I also get mocked for a lot of things..much mocked for that. People lock their car sat night, their doors at night. I have an alarm system. If you have one you should use it, and I use mine.”
He also said how covering your laptop’s camera is a common practice at the FBI and every other government office.”It’s not crazy that the FBI director cares about personal security as well,” he added. “If you go into any government office, we all have our little camera things that sit on top of the screen, they all have a little lid that closes down on them. You do that so people who do not have authority don’t look at you. I think that’s a good thing.”
An FBI director covering his camera might come as a surprise to some as it did when Facebook CEO was spotted in a picture he uploaded earlier this spring, with his laptop’s webcam taped.
People who know about cyberbullying and cybercrime know how important it is to cover your webcams. They have been following this for years and have asked their friends and family to do the same. It’s surprising how an issue as important as this wasn’t raised earlier by the officials to be talked about.
Many cases have been reported previously wherein 2010, a Pennsylvania school somehow escaped a criminal charge when student Blake Robbins caught them secretly taking pictures of their students through the laptops webcam issued by the school. FBI launched an investigation and found out they had photographed the student 400 times over a two week period. In some pictures, he was either sleeping or partially undressed. The police found a total of 56000 privacy violating picture of students. When the school was confronted with the disgusting act, they said that the software program installed took pictures with a 15-minute gap without informing the user.
The software is put on a computer when the victim clicks a link, infecting the computer with the program without letting the user know. The camera is controlled remotely by the perpetrator. This is known as phishing and is the most common form of an online hack attack.