Every online scam begins more or less the same—a random e-mail, a sketchy attachment.But every so often, a new type of hacker comes along. He secretly burrows his way into your hard drive, then into your life. It was a Saturday night, not much happening in her Long Beach, California, neighborhood, so high school senior Melissa Young was home messing around on her computer.In 2009, when Susan Clements-Jeffrey purchased a used laptop from a student at the high school where she substitute taught, chances are she didn’t expect that the transaction would conclude with local police in her living room, laughing at her and calling her "stupid" while showing her explicit pictures of herself taken from her computer.Later, at the police station, according to court documents, the abuse continued, with the men now calling her disgusting while reading from her private instant message chats.RATs are widely used in a variety of contexts, some benign, others not. It’s hard to know how many RATs are out there because of their covert nature.Recent reports confirm hundreds of thousands of computers infected in 2014 by only a single type of RAT, with the actual number of infections across years and technology far, far higher.Users of these tools are continuing to find that despite having no physical contact or interaction with their victims, they can still be identified, tracked down and brought to justice by the NCA and its partners.” It’s good to hear that another webcam hacker has been caught, but one has to wonder whether this kind of punishment acts as an effective deterrent to other potential webcam hackers.Notable past victims of webcam hacking include Cassidy Wolf, the American model who was crowned Miss Teen USA in 2013.
With the court taking Rigo’s guilty pleas counts of voyeurism and offences under the Computer Misuse Act earlier this year into account, the 34-year-old was given a 20 week suspended sentence and will be placed on the sexual offenders’ register for seven years.
Not to creep you out, but someone might be spying on you. The web-connected cameras on your laptop and cellphone — and your doggie-cam and baby monitor, too — are digital peepholes for hackers.
Same goes for your smart TV and home security system.
In addition he will have to perform 200 hours of community service.
Angela Mc Kenna, senior investigating officer for the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit, said in a statement that hackers using tools like Black Shades will be pursued: “People using malicious tools like Blackshades can massively violate the privacy of their victims, and use compromised computers to facilitate further crime.