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#1 Hum

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 22:03

From hundreds of miles away, a man sits at his monitor watching an unsuspecting woman use her computer, undress and go to sleep. She has no idea she’s being watched. The remote attacker has installed software to control her webcam. What’s worse, he’s recording all of her actions and posting those videos on YouTube or trading the videos with other voyeurs online.

R.A.T. Remote Access Tools

This scenario is happening more and more; there are myriad photos and videos available online indicating the practice is getting easier and more popular with an online community called Ratters. They use Remote Access Tools (R.A.T.s) to activate the webcams of compromised computers and record video of unsuspecting users. They call the owners of these infected computers “slaves,” and compromising videos, especially of female slaves, are openly traded, and posted on YouTube.

The practice of taking over a computer is not new. Hackers have produced software for years that gives complete control of a machine to a remote attacker. Aspects of these tools are also common in the IT field for offering remote tech support. But what’s new is the community of remote attackers who have formed in hacking forums to share or trade access to the enslaved computers and talk about their exploits.

In a detailed article on Ars Technica, journalist Nate Anderson probes into the members at hackforums.net, which he says has more than 134 pages of posts featuring captured images and video of female slaves. Some are recorded from webcams, and others are videos or images found on the hard drives of compromised computers that their owners thought were private and secure.

Beyond invading a victim’s privacy, Ratters have tools in their software to scare or annoy remote victims. They can open and close their DVD drives, display graphic images on screen, have the computer read aloud using text-to-speech applications, or even hide the start button.

Victims are infected with remote access tools the same way many viruses spread: opening attachments, drive-by downloads from sketchy sites, downloading files from torrents or file-sharing sites, or being tricked into clicking links through social media sites.

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#2 Scorbing

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 22:23

The fix is very simple: Unplug your webcam.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 22:27

The fix is very simple: Unplug your webcam.


Bingo! But problem is that on laptops, you can not unplug it... all you do is cover it up or close the lid.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 22:28

Or look for the light that says the cam is on...

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 22:29

People need to stop getting laptops to use as desktops they should be pointed in the direction of nettops. You should only get a laptop if you need it for things like work or school.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 22:30

Or turn your damn computer off when you go to bed...

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 22:39

They put the videos on youtube? Really?

Examples or it didn't happen!

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 22:40

Bingo! But problem is that on laptops, you can not unplug it... all you do is cover it up or close the lid.


Yes, like a piece of black tape on the lens!!!

They put the videos on youtube? Really?

Examples or it didn't happen!



I am sure you are anxious to see those videos :woot:

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 22:40

People need to stop getting laptops to use as desktops they should be pointed in the direction of nettops. You should only get a laptop if you need it for things like work or school.


Why, what does that have to do with this. Just run security software and look at the light...

#10 Azusa

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 22:50

Why, what does that have to do with this. Just run security software and look at the light...


but that's common sense not many people have that you know.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 22:59

OMG -- they see my breasts ! :|

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 23:10

R.E. access lights, that works fine for anyone recording anything, if however you 'pulse' the webcam and take a single frame, chances are you wouldn't even notice the light at all.

#13 68k

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 23:23

Or buy an iPad.

#14 Raa

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 23:42

This sort of software isn't new. Anyone remember SubSeven? or Netbus? :p

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 00:41

Or turn your damn computer off when you go to bed...


If they did that we wouldn't have all these great videos. :p



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