Macbook iSight able to be hacked?

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  1. haleyvan macrumors regular

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    this might be a stupid question, but someone told me it is possible for someone to somehow gain access to the camera on your macbook and view what you are doing. is that possible?
     
  2. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    I'm no hacking expert, but I highly, highly, highly doubt that is possible....
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    That would depend on a lot of factors..

    Just a few of which would be:

    Are you connected to broadband all the time?
    Are you behind a firewall?
    Are you behind a router?
    Are you running any cam software?

    Ultimately, if someone gains enough access to your Mac to turn on cam software to watch what you're doing, then they've already hacked into your Mac in a way where they can do whatever they want. If they want to just be voyeuristic, then count ourself lucky. If they want to steal your data or whatever.. worse news, IMO.
     
  4. harveypooka macrumors 65816

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    Just watch out for the green light...
     
  5. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    LOL I can just image someone doin' there thing at their Mac when suddenly out of nowhere the green light just turns on, and you're like ".................."
     
  6. harveypooka macrumors 65816

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    Thing is, when the green light turns on you're bound to be naked, covered in peanut butter. Ummm....
     
  7. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    If they hack it, maybe they'll hack the code that turns the green light on.

    :eek:

    NSA could do it!!!
     
  8. Felldownthewell macrumors 65816

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    On the bright side, they can't see what your looking at!
     
  9. camomac macrumors 6502a

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  10. crees! macrumors 68000

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    Actually there is a security program you can install and purchase that will remotely access/transmit images coming from iSight. If you're laptop is stolen it can show stills of the user thus helping the recovery of it.

    http://orbicule.com/undercover/works.html
     
  11. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    But the app has to be installed.. and in order to install the app nefariously, one has to either hack or social engineer one's way onto the box.
     
  12. balamw Moderator

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    It has been reported that there is no code and the LED is simply in line with the CCD of the iSight, so when the camera is powered the LED is on, so unless the NSA has developed nanobots capable of rewiring the device remotely ....

    EDIT: Note I haven't checked this myself, so it could be untrue, but it would be the easiest way to design it.

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  13. x86 macrumors regular

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    Your concerns can easily be solved with a little bit of duct tape over the lens... :D
     
  14. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Shhhhhh! They'll send MacroBots to your house to rewire you! :eek:
     
  15. balamw Moderator

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    I hear them coming already! :eek:

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  16. harveypooka macrumors 65816

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    Best not think about this one too carefully....:eek:
     
  17. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    If I was a hacker, this is what I'd do:

    Throw up an alert saying "Press Command-Option-Control-Shift-Tab-5 to continue". THEN, I'd turn on the iSight (because you KNOW they'll be too busy staring at the keyboard dumbfounded to notice the green light going on! :p )
     

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