Yahoo reacted furiously to the webcam interception when approached by the Guardian.The company denied any prior knowledge of the program, accusing the agencies of "a whole new level of violation of our users' privacy".The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams files dating between 20 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally reports the UK Guardian.Many have either claimed or speculated that one way the NSA and other U. spy agencies got around the prohibition of spying on Americans was to let a third party do it for them. News reports, based on the leaks of NSA information by Edward Snowden, say that GCHQ stored millions of images gleaned from its webcam surveillance.According to the New York Times, the Australian Signals Directorate tapped a U. law firm representing Indonesian interests and offered their intercepts to the NSA. These images can be retrieved in various ways, including the use of advanced face recognition systems, so seemingly unrelated video chats from different computers and with different names or web addresses, can be linked together.Another program leaked by Snowden involved the surveillance of the pornography preferences of jihadi radicalizers (including at least one “U. person”), with the intention being the exposure of their sexual fantasies to discredit them in the Muslim world. government has a wide variety of means of secretly watching and searching the people who live in the United States, whether they are citizens, permanent residents, or visitors.Snowden himself famously appeared on John Oliver’s HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” humorously but effectively reducing unchecked government surveillance to the basic proposition that secret surveillance allowed the government, among other things, to “get your dick pics.” Sexual surveillance may get our attention, but in our digital networked society, in which many of our documents are stored in the cloud, secret government surveillance powers are vastly broader than the power to be an electronic Peeping Tom. How did we get to a place where secret government surveillance seems both omnipresent and unavoidable?
My next post will be from a woman who was already a victim, who now has been scammed with another method from another one of these creeps.
Many of the images obtained were very personal ones and could be used to either embarrass or blackmail users.
Reports in the UK say that NSA engineers helped GCHQ develop the Optic Nerve program.
Marcus Thomas, a former assistant director of the FBI's Operational Technology Division in Quantico, Virginia, tells the Washington Post that the FBI could spy on anyone's webcam without turning on the camera's indicator light.
While not all webcams have indicator lights, and many laptops do not have them at all, the indicator light is a nice security feature that tells you when the camera is active.