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Hacking webcams?

Post by Boopendran on Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:16 am
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Like in the movie Die hard 4, how they hack into others computer and view their webcam without their permission??
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Re: Hacking webcams?

Post by r-ID on Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:22 am
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You're watching too much movies
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Re: Hacking webcams?

Post by Boopendran on Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:43 am
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lOl..so thatz jus for movies rite? u cant do it?
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Re: Hacking webcams?

Post by IncandescentLight on Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:21 am
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Unless on a website which uses flash, they use an exploit to turn on your webcam and broadcast its images. You would have to actually give permission for them to do this (e.g. on webcamming websites) and i do not know of any vulnerabilities relating to flash and webcams.
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Re: Hacking webcams?

Post by OnlyHuman on Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:52 am
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Normal webcam traffic happens over either port 80 or port 8080. Assuming you have a way of distinguishing between normal HTTP traffic and the webcam traffic, it's possible to reconstruct the image, as it's being broadcast, by sniffing the network. Or, assuming you can gain remote access to the machine, it's possible to install a shell hook specifically designed to interface with the webcam, then simultaneously send data to its intended destination, as wel as, any destination you specify. I'm sure most good anti-viruses would detect the hook as spyware though. Those are just two ways I can think of. I'm sure there could be more.
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Post by insomaniacal on Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:30 pm
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I know this isn't exactly what you're looking for, but there are plenty of security cameras and such that broadcast public over the internet, most of which are probably unintentional.

Take a look here for starters.

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Re: Hacking webcams?

Post by Goatboy on Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:04 pm
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As a general rule (and I know people will be quick to point out the exceptions) things you see in movies are fake. Especially when related to computers. Actual hacking would be boring to watch for most people. So instead of that, Hollywood makes flashy visuals and impossible scenarios so the people in the audience can sit on their fat asses and eat more popcorn.
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Re: Hacking webcams?

Post by Vulpine on Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:34 pm
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Goatboy wrote:As a general rule (and I know people will be quick to point out the exceptions) things you see in movies are fake. Especially when related to computers. Actual hacking would be boring to watch for most people. So instead of that, Hollywood makes flashy visuals and impossible scenarios so the people in the audience can sit on their fat asses and eat more popcorn.


And then come to forums such as these asking, "h0w t3h m4ke teh l33t h4x???!!111!!???eleven"
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Re: Hacking webcams?

Post by sanddbox on Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:13 pm
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It actually is possible to view someone's private webcam - but that would require infecting their computer, which isn't what you're looking for.
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Re: Hacking webcams?

Post by fashizzlepop on Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:38 pm
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In LForDH he was right about the whole media thing though, and the whole firesale idea is definitely plausible in our country's low cyber defenses.
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