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“Malware or ‘bad’ software is prolific on the web, and nearly every type of device that touches the Internet is potentially susceptible,” said Lance Larson, assistant director of the Graduate Program in Homeland Security at SDSU.

“Your computer, smartphone, home router, electronic doorbell, and security cameras are all realistic vectors for infection, especially if you don’t keep their software up-to-date, and use strong passwords.”Hacking webcams and surveillance systems is a fairly straight-forward process.

A Toronto woman was photographed watching Netflix by a hacker who commandeered the webcam on her laptop.

Foreign hackers took over the “nanny-cam” of a Minnesota family and posted photos of their baby online.

”Hackers can create their own RATs, or simply buy them online. The FBI said hacker Jared James Abrahams of Temecula used this kind of malware in 20 to take control of the webcams of numerous women, and photographed some of them when they were naked.

His victims included Cassidy Wolf, who was Miss Teen USA in 2013.

High-profile figures aren’t the only ones doing it.

their TVs,” said Murray Jennex, a cybersecurity professor at San Diego State University.

You have to get past a firewall or install some type of malware to infect a machine,” said Erik Knight, founder and chief executive of Simple Wan, a Phoenix-based tech company.“Places like the National Security Agency certainly have these abilities but, generally, hackers have to feed you something first.”Hackers can hide the RATs in applications that users download from the Internet.

They can also embed them in email attachments or emailed hyperlinks that ask a potential victim things like, “Do you want to hear an interesting new song?

No one knows how pervasive this is; there’s no clearinghouse for such information. Earlier this month, FBI Director James Comey told an interviewer that he placed a piece of tape over the webcam on his own computer, and urged the public to follow suit.