Gov't Spooks Hacked Millions of Webcams

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PostThu Feb 27, 2014 11:12 pm » by domdabears


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Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted by GCHQ

• Optic Nerve program collected Yahoo webcam images in bulk
• 1.8m users targeted by UK agency in six-month period alone
• Yahoo: 'A whole new level of violation of our users' privacy'
• Material included large quantity of sexually explicit images

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Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.

GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.

In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally.

Yahoo reacted furiously to the webcam interception when approached by the Guardian. The company denied any prior knowledge of the program, accusing the agencies of "a whole new level of violation of our users' privacy".

GCHQ does not have the technical means to make sure no images of UK or US citizens are collected and stored by the system, and there are no restrictions under UK law to prevent Americans' images being accessed by British analysts without an individual warrant.

The documents also chronicle GCHQ's sustained struggle to keep the large store of sexually explicit imagery collected by Optic Nerve away from the eyes of its staff, though there is little discussion about the privacy implications of storing this material in the first place.

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PostThu Feb 27, 2014 11:18 pm » by just_the_flu


...i knew there was a reason i had electrical tape over my lense on my laptop :nwo:


...and people called me paranoid :alien51:
...you dont know your wearing a leash if you sit by the peg all day...



...some asshole thought of it, some sucker believed it, and look what its done so far...

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PostFri Feb 28, 2014 1:00 am » by just_the_flu


im not worried about the condition of the camera.. Its an unwanted option imo
...you dont know your wearing a leash if you sit by the peg all day...



...some asshole thought of it, some sucker believed it, and look what its done so far...

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PostFri Feb 28, 2014 1:21 am » by Lakeview1


That's funny, I put electrical tape on my camera quite some time ago because it creeped me out. I really don't give a shit about it.

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PostFri Feb 28, 2014 2:45 am » by OtheklzeR


same here tape and paper,
I knew that they were spying on the migty yet tiny

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PostFri Feb 28, 2014 3:16 am » by Opalserpent


Won't stop them from trawling through your personal photo's looking for "child porn" Terrorist activity" well atleast thats what
the U.S. DHS was doing when going through that Stan ufo hoaxer dudes computer.



I use any piece of paper pretty much thats folded over or even small booklets that are lying around to
cover the top of my laptop monitor.
I use an External monitor and keyboard so as to not dirty my metabox coloured backlit kb.
Oh by the way metabox are having a sale on again in Australia for all kinds of laptops at
affordablelaptops.com.au

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PostFri Feb 28, 2014 4:00 am » by Zabernismer


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PostFri Feb 28, 2014 4:07 am » by Harbin


Dirty bastards just want to see you and your girl fuck on the couch.
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PostFri Feb 28, 2014 6:52 am » by OtheklzeR


I imagine vorlons mating would be epic

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