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But in the most recent incident the scenario was completely different.
2ch (or ‘Dvach’) is an anonymous website, popular among Internet trolls, moral and justice crusaders, people with ‘alternative’ sense of humor, young hackers — a variety of individuals actually, from all walks of life.
In 2014 a voyeuristic website popped up in the news.
It streamed video from thousands of webcams located in 250 world countries.
As it turned out, users all across the globe made the same simple mistake, which let the hackers in.
The users kept the device’s default passwords or chose weak combinations like 12345.
He used it to get full access to victims PCs, including their web-cameras and microphones.
Discussing the stream, 2ch users discovered that they can deceive even the owners of laptops with indicators, which light up when a software requests access to the camera.
While the general public has become aware of this creepy hobby only recently, it has actually been a “hobby” of hackers for years.
The first lesson is that you should NEVER, EVER turn off your security solution.
If the people who were hacked *in this very case* did not turn it off, the hacker could not have invaded their computers in the first place.
Hacking these devices is a tricky business, but it’s possible. If you are not ready to become the star of yet another underground reality show, the easiest way to hide yourself from trolls is to tape your laptop’s camera.
The thing is that this approach won’t protect you from the main threat: the hacked system would still be hacked and you wouldn’t even know about it.
“After seeing that something is wrong, many people turned on antiviruses or disconnected from the Internet.