The microphone is trickier, since you can't tape it up.
In 2004, four hackers in Spain were arrested after threatening to post candid webcam videos online unless their victims paid up.
In 2008, a Canadian man told young girls that he had nude pictures of them and would post them on the Internet unless they posed for him again. For example, the Department of Defense has regulations about where you can carry a laptop.
Stealing documents and logging keystrokes—that I understand.
You can get all sorts of useful information reading someone's e-mail or looking at their bank records. That seems creepy even by the standards of shady cyber-spying rings.
If you want to be cautious, the best solution is the simplest: Put a piece of tape over the camera.
It may be the laptop equivalent of the tinfoil hat, but it's the only way to absolutely guarantee privacy.It's always been that men have been a lot more successful or they're more active in the computer science field than women and I just don't like that.I think that any little part that I can contribute to this inequality would be great.”Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization, is dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.The authors "were not malicious guys," says Frank Heidt, CEO of Leviathan Security."They thought it was funny as hell." Webcam scams do occur, though they're far less common than other types of online extortion."Most stuff you'd capture on a camera, they've already posted on Facebook," says Kevin Haley of Symantec Security Response.