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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.
While the documents do not detail efforts as widescale as those against Yahoo users, one presentation discusses with interest the potential and capabilities of the Xbox 360's Kinect camera, saying it generated "fairly normal webcam traffic" and was being evaluated as part of a wider program.
Black electric tape! No joke.
I was recently in a thread about webcams being used to spy-and to by unamazment I found I was amonst many ATSers who stick tape over their webcams and mic!
I wonder how many of these images in the OP article were just solid black?
it doesn't say any arrest where made. And with that many images I'm sure they found some incriminating evidence. Really no big deal though, they listen to your phone calls and you still use phones.....
"Face detection has the potential to aid selection of useful images for 'mugshots' or even for face recognition by assessing the angle of the face," it reads. "The best images are ones where the person is facing the camera with their face upright."
I just cut the end off an envelope, and made a notch in the back to allow for the mount, and used a black felt pin to darken the spot in front of the lens.
Yes, you should tape over your webcam when not in use.
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There was once a time, just a couple of years ago, when this news thread on ATS would have seen 5 or 6 pages of comments and 50 flags within the first hour of being posted. How freaking sad when even the (allegedly) enlightened people within the CT community are so apathetic and so well conditioned that this topic is treated with such non-challant indifference.
America 2014 disgusts me. The country has become little more than a bloated, rotting corpse of Lady Liberty, filled with apathetic maggots and surrounded by perverted vultures.