A 16-year-old from London called "John" told investigators he had hacked more than 100 computers - using the webcams to view the victims on about half of them.He said: “I wasn't really looking for anything, just their reactions. It's just a bit of a laugh.' Matthew Anderson, 36, was jailed for 18 months after he was found guilty of infecting more than 200,000 computers with a virus that allowed their webcams to be hacked.“Blackshades” is a general term used to describe the type of software used by hackers.
She spotted the camera on her laptop had switched itself on while she was watching a DVD in the bath.
‘I was sitting in the bath, trying to relax, and suddenly someone potentially has access to me in this incredibly private moment and it’s horrifying.
A BBC Radio 5 live producer posing online as a computer security enthusiast made contact with several webcam hackers from the UK and around the world.
At least one of them has since been arrested on suspicion of cyber-offences.
quality=80&strip=all&w=362&h=220" width="362" height="220" / Hackers are able to gain access to computers of victims, who they call slaves, using a piece of malicious software called a remote-access Trojan.