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Rbot Sets Your Webcam To Spy On You! - 8/23/2004 6:54:52 PM   

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Password-stealing, DDoS-launching virus sends footage of your home to virus writer

A new worm has been discovered in the wild that's not just settling for invading users' PCs - it wants to invade their homes too.

The Rbot-GR virus follows a fairly traditional malware route of exploiting Microsoft security vulnerabilities and installing a Trojan horse on infected machines. However, the worm also spies on users by taking control of their webcam and microphone, then sending images and soundtracks back to the hackers, according to antivirus firm Sophos.

As well as getting an insight into homes and businesses across the world, the worm also allows the malware writer to take a look at information on the infected machine's hard drive and to steal passwords, as well as launching denial-of-service attacks.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said that the virus could be used for industrial espionage - or simply by a nosey hacker to take a look into people's bedrooms.

Source : Silicon

< Message edited by SiliconFreak -- 8/24/2004 8:55:07 AM >
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RE: Rbot Sets Your Webcam To Spy On You! - 8/30/2004 7:58:04 AM   

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So never place a computer in your bedroom...

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