Cameras are like indiscreet eyes that can be used and abused.

 
 

Mainly rules and laws mitigate the hacking, espionage and surveillance on people, groups, agencies, organisations, companies and governments.


WHY PRIVACY MATTERS

Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see - and write about - the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you're "not doing anything you need to hide.".


Hackers & Hacking

A hacker is a person who gains unauthorised or authorised access to data from devices. Hackers with little technical skills to hackers with advanced technical skills may act for their own benefit or someone else's, working for somebody or/and a cause, looking to benefit them or/and it.

Hackers use cameras to;

  • Gather, analyse, use and share information on who uses certain devices at given time frames.
  • Gather, analyse, use and share information on what one or more people are doing.
  • Gather, analyse, use and share information on the surroundings of certain places.
  • Gather, analyse, use and share information on what is valuable and where valuable stuff is located.
  • Gather, analyse, use and share information on when and why things are happening.
  • Gather, analyse, use and share information on paper documents.
  • Gather, analyse, use and share data on credit cards, access information to cryptocurrency accounts and more.
  • Gather, analyse, use and share data on confidential, secret and top secret documents.
  • Gather, analyse, use and share data on the competition’s business activities, intellectual property and secret projects. (Industrial espionage)
  • Gather, analyse, use and share data on observed intimate behaviour, sexual activity and other actions of private nature. (Cyber voyeurism)
  • Cyber stalk.
  • Cyber blackmail.
  • Cyber extort.

Software could stay tapped in to your devices for days, weeks, months and years without you even realising it... until it is too late.

Some apps state they can use your camera any time you use the app, after you give them permission.



STATE OF SURVEILLANCE

The full episode of VICE on HBO's 'State of Surveillance' is available to stream for free on VICE News. When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked details of massive government surveillance programs in 2013, he ignited a raging debate over digital privacy and security.