The Untouchables have worked out a way of turning on your computer camera so that the green light does not come on.
The Washington Post reports that the FBI has had the ability to secretly activate a computer’s camera “without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording” for years now.
Marcus Thomas, the former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division, told the Post that that the spy laptop recording is “mainly” used in terrorism cases or the “most serious” of criminal investigations. Well if it is protecting from terrorism that makes it all ok then.
The story was about how the FBI tracked a bloke called Mo who made a series of threats to detonate bombs at universities and airports across the United States last year.
The FBI’s hacker team designed a piece of malicious software that was to be delivered secretly when Mo signed on to his Yahoo e-mail account. The goal of the software was to gather details of the Web sites he had visited and indicators of the location of the computer.
Ironically, while the Untouchables were able to get a fair bit of search technology into Mo’s computer they are still yet to be able to arrest him. Apparently because he is in Iran now. If he ever does come back, it would not be surprising that a court gets many evidential snaps of him looking dazed into his computer first thing in the morning.