iSight trick

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  1. novicew macrumors member

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    By using several lines of code I could see my image on my browser. It is not proven to be exploited be somebody but well, who knows.

    Here for more......
     
  2. craigatkinson macrumors regular

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    Even though that's scary, at least my isight has a little green light so I know when I'm being peeped on.
     
  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Very neat trick using Quicktime and Quartz Composer, but I'm not entirely sure that could be exploited to send data, rather than just display it on the users' own computer. Can Quicktime send data outgoing, and if so, can it access the necessary video stream to send data from your webcam?

    I'm guessing no, simply because if it was able to gather any meaningful data (ignoring the webcam thing entirely) and send it without user notification, this would have already been exploited on the web in one way or another, since Quicktime is installed on tens of millions of computers. The iSight connection would only work on a newer Mac, obviously, and would seem to require an additional layer of data collection and transmission on top of just, say, user environment variables.

    'course, that's why they put the light on there, and Flash can do the same thing--except in the case of Flash, it specifically asks if it's ok for the site to access your webcam and/or microphone (for obvious reasons).
     
  4. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    wow this is wierd...:cool:
    Can I have it on my site? Anyways to go about this?
     
  5. paleck macrumors 6502a

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    It looks like the capture is all done locally and just called by the webpage. I would say it might be a minor security concern, but I wouldn't worry too much about it. At least when you do it the iSight light comes on so that you know that something is using the camera.
     
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  7. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    Suddenly, I am very glad that I don't have an iSight:eek: :(
     
  8. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Me too. :eek: Although, I am on my Power Mac G5 right now so no need to worry about peeping toms (or janes ;) ). :)


    Oh well, anyone is free to look.... ;) :D
     
  9. mcmillan macrumors 6502

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    It worked with my Logitech, so it's not iSight-only. Scary? Yes.
     
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  11. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Be scared, be very scared, Bill Gates is watching you through your iSight camera celebrian23! :eek: ;) :D
     
  12. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    I never knew Bill was such a pervert! There's a good chance he's seeen me naked then :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
  13. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Well, the man did kinda invent that evil product known as Windoze- so I would not hold his character in high regard. ;) :D

    Just be glad that it was not the other way around.... :eek: :D
     
  14. zim macrumors 65816

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    This is not new. Any web/video camera paired with a simple Quartz composer composition can produce this effect. Everything is done locally, no need for alarm. Also should note that you need 10.4 for this effect to work. It is no different then playing a QuickTime movie.
     
  15. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    I have an iSight and all I got was a black QuickTime box. I'm running 10.4.7, my iSight's connected, and the shutter's not closed. Who knows?
     
  16. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    ZOMG! 11eleven11111111one1111one11eleven1eleven111111one1111eleen111one!
    that was funny:p
     
  17. ipacmm macrumors 65816

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    wow, that is interesting...when I first got my iSight I would think people can see me and I would always make sure it is off....
     
  18. CEAbiscuit macrumors 6502a

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    I usaually just rotate the lens cap on my iSight camera on top of my monitor-was paranoid before seeing this I guess. Too bad the laptops (um portables) and iMac do not have a cover like my old reliable iSight camera. Life will go on...
     
  19. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    There would be nothing to see:D
     
  20. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    That image was reversed.

    But that is scary. I'm scared of evil hackers:eek:
     
  21. DisturbedSith macrumors newbie

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    Kernal Panic

    I don't know if anybody else encountered this, but trying to close that webpage sent my intel iMac into its first kernal panic ever.
     
  22. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Glad that I was able to provide you a laugh. :)

    Or perhaps there would be nothing that you would want to see. ;) :D
     

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