The FBI recommends that you cover your webcam.

James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, recently stated that the public should cover their webcams on their computers due to hackers invading people’s privacy. Hackers hack into computers and use the webcams to watch their unsuspecting victims.

This isn’t brand new news. Hackers have been able to hack into people’s webcams for years, but it has taken years for officials to make a statement on the issue.

Hackers use a program called “Blackshades”. This allows hackers to view documents, photos, and record keystrokes. Some websites have been found to sell webcams of women for as little as $1 per web cam and 100 male web cams for $1.

Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, advises the usage of a sticky note to block the webcam. If hackers are able to hack into your webcam, they will be unable to see anything.

-Brett Patterson
BRP5088

Dedicated to Jar311

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/23/the-fbi-recommends-you-cover-your-laptops-webcam-good-reasons/

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The future of Malware

Malware is constantly changing, just like human beings.
Researchers have found a new type of macro malware that avoids detection by going dormant, when it detects that its in a security researcher’s test environment.

The malware uses few techniques to figure out if the host is a legitimate target or not,it uses a feature in windows, Recent Files. It uses the Recent files feature to see how many word documents the user has and if they don’t have certain number of documents then it will not execute. Another method, is the malware  uses the IP of the computer network it’s on and see’s if it matches a blacklist and if it does match up then the malware doesn’t execute.

The reason why maker of the malware wouldn’t want the malware to execute while its in a VM(virtual machine) environment is so that it prolong the life span of the malware.

The malware is distributed through spam and phishing. The researches expect to see more malware in the future to have this ability.

-Brett Patterson brp5088
in dedication to Jar311

sources:

Malware Evades Detection with Novel Technique