Male webcams with credit card
Victims of this so-called "sextortion" have more than doubled from 385 to 864 in the past year, and that's just those who have reported the crime.Roy Sinclair, from the NCA’s Anti-Kidnap and Extortion Unit (AKEU), said: “There is huge under-reporting of these kinds of offences, often because victims feel ashamed or embarrassed, but of course criminals are relying on that reaction in order to succeed." The highest proportion of victims are men aged between 21 and 30, but there were also a number of victims in the 11-20 age group, the NCA reported.
“It happens more often than you would think,” Brandan Geise, a security consultant for Secure State, told NBC News. Using widely available programs like Shodan, people can scan public IP addresses and find webcams that are externally accessible.
Foscam, the maker of the monitors hacked in both incidents, sells devices for around 0 that allow parents to keep an eye on their kids remotely through their smartphone or an Internet browser.
"Updating firmware is extremely important, especially if the devices in question are more than six months old," Foscam wrote in a statement to NBC News.
Before you put in your card, give a good yank on the area immediately around the slot.
If there's a skimmer, you should be able to pull it off with just your hand alone, no tools necessary.
In August, Marc Gilbert of Houston, Texas, told ABC station KTRK that he heard a man yelling “Wake up, Allyson, you little (expletive),” through a baby monitor to his two-year-old daughter, whose name was spelled out on the wall.