But taping over the camera doesn't prevent all kinds of ransomware.
It won't block the microphone, meaning conversations or *other noises* could still be recorded and stolen, and it won't stop someone locking up your files.
Nothing ever was sent out online, but I've now had to change my Facebook account name, shut down my Linked In out of fear of my work details being revealed and I'm afraid of what may arise in the future should I want to build a Linked In profile etc again.""I had the exact same thing happen to me.
So I ended up bluffing them and said I told everyone that matters to me about the video and couldn't afford to pay them.One day in Melbourne, when the sun was out and the birds were singing, Matt opened an email and was greeted with a video of a man wanking.The man was him."There I was in all my glory," he told triple j's Veronica & Lewis. A 'ransomware' program had infected his computer allowing the hackers to film him through the webcam. Now they wanted money."There was an email saying they were going to release footage to all my Facebook friends and people I worked with if I don't pay them money.""Initially I laughed."He wrote back. Matt may have been feeling very much alone, but in fact he was part of an emerging trend of ransomware attacks in Australia."There's a lot more people than we know because there could be hackers in big centers watching video streams just waiting for something to happen," he said. Professor Seltsikas said hackers on the other side of the world were watching thousands of Australians through their webcams, and waiting for them to have a wank.Actually, turns out there's a site where you can already watch the live footage of thousands of CCTV cameras from all over the world.
It said these attacks resulted in millions of dollars of ransom payments.