Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ratters: Hackers spying through computer microphones, webcams

A new report says hackers can take remote control of a computer and not only steal passwords and credit card numbers, but also listen through the microphone and watch through the webcam.

The hackers, known as ratters, can then post that information online with advertising.

It’s done by Remote Access Trojans, or RATs. According to the Digital Citizens’ Alliance, they are a growing threat to innocent people...

Benson shared a few tips to help computer users protect themselves:
  • Cover a webcam when it’s not in use
  • Update the computer’s operating system and make sure its anti-virus software and firewalls are up to date
  • Beware of suspicious links 

Kevin's Spybusters Tip #834: Blind Ratters with this.