Webcam hackers watching you at home

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
If you have a camera on your computer, you might want to listen up. The FBI is sending out a warning about a new kind of hacker that

Local experts said that understanding your own computer is the first step to keeping you and your family safe from hackers.

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS (KRIS) - If you have a camera on your computer, you might want to listen up. The FBI is sending out a warning about a new kind of hacker that's putting your family in danger without ever even entering your home.

It's called the "Blackshades Rat." It's a program that lets hackers access your computer, turn on your webcam, and watch you inside your home.

"For just $40," said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. "The Blackshades Rat enabled anyone anywhere in the world to instantly become a dangerous cyber criminal."

These criminals have already victimized more than 700,00 people by luring them to click on an attachment.

"Once you've done that, you've downloaded the bad stuff onto your computer," said computer expert Kevin Haley. "The attacker can take over."

Local experts said that understanding your own computer is the first step to keeping you and your family safe from hackers.

"Today is the digital age," said Altex Technician Mikel Silby. "The less you know, the more prone you are. So, just keep everything active...If you've got an e-mail you haven't used in ten years, kill it."

Experts also suggest you turn off the computer when you're not using it.


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