Macbook iSight able to be hacked?

haleyvan

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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?
 

yellow

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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.
 

harveypooka

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haleyvan said:
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?
Just watch out for the green light...
 

Stridder44

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harveypooka said:
Just watch out for the green light...

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 ".................."
 

harveypooka

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Stridder44 said:
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 ".................."
Thing is, when the green light turns on you're bound to be naked, covered in peanut butter. Ummm....
 

yellow

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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.
 

balamw

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Le Big Mac said:
If they hack it, maybe they'll hack the code that turns the green light on.
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.

B
 

yellow

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

whooleytoo

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Le Big Mac said:
If they hack it, maybe they'll hack the code that turns the green light on.
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 )