Access to Women’s Webcam, 100 Times More Expensive than to Men’s
By: Bianca Stanescu | comment : 0 | June 20, 2013 | Posted in: Industry News
A BBC investigation revealed that access to a woman’s compromised webcam is being bought on the black market for only a dollar. The same amount could buy access to 100 webcams owned by men.
After Childnet International warned that covering webcams is not paranoia, a BBC Radio 5 live investigation exposed the thriving black market of pictures and videos captured on webcams without people’s consent. Targets known as a “slaves” or “bots” are infected after clicking on malicious links that pose as legitimate web sites. Cyber-criminals gain access to computers using remote-access Trojans (RATs) which allow them to compromise webcams. Some victims related their experience to the BBC. “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 20 year-old Glasgow student told the UK-based broadcaster. “To have it happen to you without your consent is horribly violating.”