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Yes, The Government is Spying on You Through Your Webcam – Another “Conspiracy Theory” Proven True

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Libertyblitzkrieg

Yes, The Government is Spying on You Through Your Webcam – Another “Conspiracy Theory” Proven True

I still remember how many years ago in response to becoming aware of the possibility that my computer webcam could be accessed remotely I decided to put a piece of duct tape over the camera. I also remember the look on some of my friends’ faces upon seeing this and asking me why. They thought I was nuts. It wasn’t even a conversation I was comfortable having since the idea that the government or NSA could or would peep on innocent Americans through their webcams was beyond preposterous for the vast majority of people

This topic is exactly new, and I addressed it last April in my piece: A Look into the Malware the FBI Uses to Spy Through Webcams.

Now, thanks for Edward Snowden, we know more. Much, much more.

From the Guardian:

Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.

GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.

In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally.

GCHQ does not have the technical means to make sure no images of UK or US citizens are collected and stored by the system, and there are no restrictions under UK law to prevent Americans’ images being accessed by British analysts without an individual warrant.

The system, eerily reminiscent of the telescreens evoked in George Orwell’s 1984, was used for experiments in automated facial recognition, to monitor GCHQ’s existing targets, and to discover new targets of interest. Such searches could be used to try to find terror suspects or criminals making use of multiple, anonymous user IDs.

Rather than collecting webcam chats in their entirety, the program saved one image every five minutes from the users’ feeds, partly to comply with human rights legislation, and also to avoid overloading GCHQ’s servers. The documents describe these users as “unselected” – intelligence agency parlance for bulk rather than targeted collection.

While the documents do not detail efforts as widescale as those against Yahoo users, one presentation discusses with interest the potential and capabilities of the Xbox 360?s Kinect camera, saying it generated “fairly normal webcam traffic” and was being evaluated as part of a wider program. 

Interesting that they were considering abusing the Kinect camera, something I wrote about last spring in my post: What’s in Your Xbox? A Lot of Surveillance Capabilities.

Documents previously revealed in the Guardian showed the NSA were exploring the video capabilities of game consoles for surveillance purposes.

Beyond webcams and consoles, GCHQ and the NSA looked at building more detailed and accurate facial recognition tools, such as iris recognition cameras – “think Tom Cruise in Minority Report”, one presentation noted.

Don’t forget: Your Government Loves You. Particularly your nude webcam pics.

Full article here.


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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:27 | 4487168 Jim in MN
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Huh.  I am giving my webcam the finger at the moment.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:35 | 4487192 Leveraged Algorithm
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So was Obama choking his chicken during the Bangazie attacks? I was....

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:42 | 4487232 LetThemEatRand
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Biden seems okay.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:46 | 4487245 Troll Magnet
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That Israel has open access to the NSA's data on Americans should outrage all Americans and should be treated as a treasonous act against us but the MSM buried that story.

This will be buried, too.


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:56 | 4487277 pods
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I think I am going to beat off in front of one tonight.  For posterity's sake.

Hope those fuckers aren't wearing 3D glasses!


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:02 | 4487303 krispkritter
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 "Here's pud in your eye!" (drinks shot)

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:08 | 4487315 HyBrasilian
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Sha-a-a-a-AAA-LOM!!! [u fucking queers]!


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:14 | 4487342 Harlequin001
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Well at least I know I'm not on that database cos I ain't used a webcam for years...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:19 | 4487358 A Lunatic
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I enforced a permanent and mandatory duct tape webcam patch on my families computers a few months ago, conspiracy theorist nut-job that I am; or once again, WAS..........

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:27 | 4487377 johnQpublic
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almost makes me want to get a webcam

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:39 | 4487420 Scarlett
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We should sue the Prime Minister for his "deviant pedophiliac behavior"

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:44 | 4487432 Gen. Keith Alexander
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Very few of the naked images we capture are worth masturbating to.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:46 | 4487441 johnQpublic
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weak dude

i can wank to fucking cat pictures

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 01:12 | 4487780 ebworthen
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Bet those jerks are using my big kielbasa to hook wenches.

Damn plagiarists!

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 01:13 | 4487781 Manthong
Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:46 | 4487439 GeezerGeek
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Do you have an XBox with a Kinect? Or a Wii? Or a recent Playstation? They can be used to spy on you too. Or how about some of those new smart TVs? Just wait till your refirgerator is online and uses RFID tags to tattle on what you're eating. There recently was a single panel cartoon showing two NSA guys discussing certain surges in network traffic around 11PM EST. One speculated that it was people getting a last snack from a refrigerator before heading to bed. Spooky.

Next worry: the Toilet Safety Administration, as exhibited on South Park.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:04 | 4487489 A Lunatic
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No, I do not have any of that shit, including T.V. Not that it matters. America is lost......

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 00:37 | 4487713 StormShadow
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Fri, 02/28/2014 - 01:08 | 4487772 Vice
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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:38 | 4487582 booboo
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My NSA code name is "Bull Mouse"

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 03:47 | 4487933 Bunders
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most every laptop / cellphone / pad thing comes with one built in nowadays

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 07:07 | 4488013 unrulian
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probably magnification glasses :)

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:16 | 4487349 Chupacabra-322
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@ Troll Magnet,

The elite only understand sex and money, they are that basic, I think you give them to much credit, they have inbred for so long that they are closer to monkeys than humans and like monkeys they can only understand sex and food(money), hence them all being perverts as well as rich, so they will only look for those two things, if you do perverted things over these web cams then they will want to watch that or if you have any money making schemes you share then they will want to steal that, any thing else they wont understand, they are not advanced enough, so just use your sense, remember you are human and they are no longer human.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:54 | 4487458 john39
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power is what the top level wants more than anything.  sex and money is what they offer their managment level minions.  the masses just get the illusion of someday obtaining said sex and money.  a hollow empty existence.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:01 | 4487478 Troll Magnet
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I won't argue that. BUT I will never underestimate these Zionist Nazis inability to keep their hunger for power and control, their predisposition to lie, steal & cheat in check. 


Fuck Israel. 

Purge their loyalists from our government.

And jail them banksters.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:39 | 4487421 kchrisc
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I'll dig it up.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:46 | 4487248 stant
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he hangs his out the oval office window everyday and claims he fucked the world

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:48 | 4487251 NoDebt
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I sure hope the NSA has a few pics of me making "O-face" watching porn.  I hope some NSA guy saw the pic and had that "oh, ewwww, goddamit.  NEXT!" reaction to it.


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:52 | 4487261 Troll Magnet
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Or maybe he was a gay dude making the same face as you.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:41 | 4487226 bigdumbnugly
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that webcam does look kinda enticing...

all round and dark and cute...

i... i can't help myself...

here i come my little cutie pie

mmmff mmfff




i bet i look a tad cloudy to 'em now...



Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:45 | 4487238 Meat Hammer
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NSA face shot!  BAM!  Stings, don't it?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:11 | 4487336 Occams_Chainsaw
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I have volunterred about 900 'O' faces for them.  Bastards....

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:28 | 4487379 CaptainObvious
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I'd give my webcam the finger, except that I own one of the few laptops in 'Murica that doesn't have a webcam.  Webcams always struck me as useless so I never bought any hardware that contained one, and I'm damn glad I didn't.  Sorry, NSA, if you want to jerk off to my private sexual content, you have to enter my home and install the hardware yourself.  Neener, neener.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 03:52 | 4487938 Bunders
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They can probably still read your keystokes and screenshots whenever they want.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 00:41 | 4487722 astitchintime
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Sooo call me old school, but who exactly uses their webcams anyway?  I know I don't, never have and never will.  People would have to be naive at best to assume they have any privacy whilst using it.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 03:59 | 4487941 Bunders
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Define "using it". Do you believe that you are the only person in the world that can "switch your webcam on"?  (Unless you have to physically plug the thing in then there is no switch, it's all software controlled) Don't think you can be targetted? Does your computer have a seriel number? does every network interface on it have a MAC address? Did you pay cash or credit card? Could you be identified, or misidentified, "visually" from CCTV footage if you paid cash? Did you have a mobile phone that you have a contract for on your person when you paid cash?

If you believe there is any such thing as privacy nowadays I have nice bridge to sell you.


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:27 | 4487171 BullyBearish
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They can also turn on your microphone...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:38 | 4487211 BLOTTO
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And listen in on your conversations in the car, i.e. 'Onstar.'


But its even easier for them to install one-way talk; they just listen.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:49 | 4487255 Troll Magnet
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But but but ma statist friends tell me, "If you got nothing to hide..." 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:00 | 4487296 layman_please
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I also don't have anything to hide but that's another story ;)

Maybe we should use the flooding tactic again!? Where can I sign up for a yahoo account?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:51 | 4487452 GeezerGeek
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Get two webcams and two Yahoo accounts. Point the webcams at one another. Add a pendulum between them just so there's something moving.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:41 | 4487424 kchrisc
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"If you got nothing to hide..."

...they'll plant something. No warrant needed.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:53 | 4487455 GeezerGeek
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Indeed, it's not only what they may find on your computer, it's also what they may put there and then 'find'. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:10 | 4487501 A Lunatic
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The pity of it all is the State is not compelled to prove it's case. You must prove you didn't do whatever the fuck they say you did, which can be impossible in most circumstances. I know for a fact that I never want a Jury of my "Peers" deciding my fate.......

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 00:50 | 4487736 kchrisc
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My "peers" are AR, AK and Guillotine.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:18 | 4487523 CaptainObvious
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Indeed sir.  It's amazing how many outspoken government opponents are suddenly discovered to have copious quantities of child pornography on their computers.  Child pornography crimes coincidentally are impossible to satisfactorily disprove, and assuming you are found not guilty, you will always have that cloud hanging over your head, so forget ever getting a good job again.  Plus they have nice long prison terms attached, so you can put those dissenting bastards in cold storage for a good long time if you manage to convict 'em.  I wouldn't put it past the evil dickwads to let the general prison population know there's a new kiddy diddler in the slammer, and we all know what happens to accused kiddy diddlers that get incarcerated.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:39 | 4487588 Bunga Bunga
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Your statist friends must have a penis soooooo small they don't need to hide.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:58 | 4487471 TheMeatTrapper
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I pity the bastard that has to listen to my mother in law. Hours and hours and fucking hours....

Now that I think about it, I'm starting to feel sorry for the bastards. At least I can excuse myself and wander out back and take a piss off the back deck. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:13 | 4487510 A Lunatic
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I decided long ago if I ever find myself in the unfortunate circumstance of having only a few months to live I am going to live with my Mother-in Law. That will seem like an eternity; might even enjoy offing myself before my time......

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 02:56 | 4487856 nothing can go wrogn
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The answer is end to end encryption.

The US Chamber of Commerce should be thanking Snowden for the new market he's created in Anti-NSA software for the home and business user.

Encryption can often be confusing, and not properly implemented, but now there will be a demand for simple to use encryption tools for voice/video/email. Encrypted cloud computing etc. Much of the web is moving towards secure HTTP.

Snowden recently mentioned "Encryption works."

Yes they can still target you with malware, but that's not as easy as just sniffing your unencrypted traffic from Yahoo. Malware is usually targeted, and not as suitable for mass surveillance.

If you're worried about malware then you should stop using Microsoft Windows. You need to use a Mac and/or Linux instead. Yes, they can be hacked too, but you greatly lesson the attack surface.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:29 | 4487178 salvadordaly
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With all of these revelations "IF" you do backup your computer to a cloud based server "YOU ARE A FOOL"!!!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:40 | 4487218 Cognitive Dissonance
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Considering that the NSA and various other three letter agencies have a backdoor into your computer via the operating system and the so called "security software" (the next revelation that will shock the world) backing up your computer does nothing to 'protect' your information, just preserve it.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:14 | 4487341 spinone
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Not to mention that your cellphone continually tracks where you are, but everything it sees and hears throught the camera and microphone.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:29 | 4487382 XitSam
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Ha ha ha. What cellphone?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:55 | 4487461 logicalman
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A while ago, someone asked for my cell number.

I told him I'll have a cell number the day I'm in one, and not before.

Took a few seconds to compute!


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:47 | 4487443 kchrisc
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And don't forget that there is a lot of evidence that the various criminals called government have "backdoors" into the processor of your computer as well.


"Aren't backdoors for sneaking out and not in?!"

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:59 | 4487473 GeezerGeek
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Black Oak Arkansas - Back Door Man

Personally I preferred the Blues Project version.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 03:32 | 4487924 frenzic
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None of that shit ever made it to a box of mine.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:31 | 4487181 nmewn
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I'm long electrical tape right in here, its got definite upside potential ;-)

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:38 | 4487212 buzzsaw99
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omg i thought i was the only one. lulz

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:03 | 4487301 nmewn
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I just call it prudent, I never use it anyways.

Its not like they have THIS IP address or anything...ROTFL!...its just helpful to them to have a face to go along with the words and time stamp, not realizing the real nmewn is actually, possibly, somewhere else.

Hell, that little bit of information could come in quite handy, sometime, to someone.


Oh, I forgot the ... ;-)

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:14 | 4487340 layman_please
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Estonian president got caught with duct tape on his macbook years ago. Fucker is a member of trilaterar commition and probably has weekly briefings at the US embassy so I assume he knows his shit. This was the only time he proved as an example to be followed.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:32 | 4487381 Bonapartist
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Russian immigrant grandmother? hmmmm. may explain why he's "in the nose"- errr "in the know" about spying techniques

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:41 | 4487227 BLOTTO
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Im tempted to actually just br/eak the fucking thing right now on my lap top...problem solved.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:56 | 4487279 krispkritter
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Just don't mention gerbils in the same sentence and you're fine!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:04 | 4487308 Toronto Kid
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Painter's tape on the outwards-facing camera. It'll obscure any pics taken by *.gov, but can be easily and cleanly taken off when you want to take a pic or two.

The camera that faces inwards has no business being there and gets the duct tape treatment.

Laptop cameras are duct taped by default when they come out of the box they are packed into by the manufacturer.

I've been doing this for at least two years now. Can't do nothing about the microphones.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:17 | 4487350 The Gooch
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+1,000 for "Toronto Kid"

Sincerely, Cincinatti Kid.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 01:24 | 4487804 IridiumRebel
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Fellow Cincy here

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:31 | 4487182 Superdude
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Must hsve gotten tired of looking at porn.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:35 | 4487191 Tinky
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"Hey boss, most of these people appear to be Japanese?!"

"No, you idiot, they're masturbating."

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:33 | 4487196 centerline
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Smile for your xbox one gaming consol!  Say cheeeeeeeeeeese.  

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:16 | 4487348 Bonapartist
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the next gen smart teevees are the worst as far as ability to watch the watchers- not to mention the next gen of cable tv converter boxes will have videotaping capabilities to monitor "reactions to viewed material"-lol

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:35 | 4487401 CaptainObvious
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This is all starting to sound wayyyy too much like a 1984 telescreen.  Those fuckers learned nothing from that groundbreaking work, except to use it as a playbook.

Damn, the more I read, the more happy I am that I am not a techno-freak who upgrades to the latest iGadget with each iteration.  I don't have a cable box, I don't have a gaming console, I don't have a cell phone, I don't have a webcam, and my TV is so old that it weighs more than the average land whale putt-putting down the aisle at Chinamart on a mobility scooter.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:40 | 4487203 Cognitive Dissonance
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Mrs. Cog has her laptop webcam covered. So do others I know. Should I do the same with my iPhone camera?

<From now on it stays outside the bathroom.> :)

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:41 | 4487225 buzzsaw99
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i have ALWAYS put a piece of tape over the spy hole. my current monitor doesn't have a camera because I am paranoid. just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:57 | 4487282 AlaricBalth
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I guess it's back to paper magazines.

I'll feel like a teenager again, and I won't get that eerie feeling that Miss October is looking at me.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:22 | 4487351 Grande Tetons
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For me, it will be Mary Anne and I trapped on Gilligan's Island when I get home from my paper route.....all over again and again and again. 

At the age of 16 I could remove the lugnuts on my pick up with one hand. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:03 | 4487486 TheMeatTrapper
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Hell yeah, Mary Anne for the win. As Tongo the Ape Man said after seeing Ginger and Mary Anne: "You guys aren't shipwrecked - ya'll are hiding!". 

Greatest show on TV. Ever. Mary Anne was Hot!


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:38 | 4487214 Dimons jock
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How do you know there's not a webcam built in that HP didn't tell you about? That's why I jerkoff in my closet. Good luck sinners

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:40 | 4487219 Ignatius
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--->  The guy peeping in the window?

--->  The guy rubbing one out when he thought he was alone?

Who's the weirdo?


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:40 | 4487224 Meat Hammer
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What we don't know is a bazillion times worse than what we do know.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:59 | 4487292 krispkritter
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 "I know nothink!" S. Schulz

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:42 | 4487228 Parafuso
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It's not about terrorism, It's about social control....

-- Snowden

Still have questions?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:51 | 4487259 Ness.
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I don't like your avatar.  It makes me angry(er) ;)





Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:08 | 4487317 Toronto Kid
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They have been social controlling since 1999 (search for 'Project Echelon' on for more details). Snowden was a pre-kindergardener back when I first heard about this type of shenanigans.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:46 | 4487240 Judge Crater
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If you want to be a "Peeping Tom," get a job at the GCHQ or NSA.  Want to grope people's privates, like that Philadelphia defrocked priest, the TSA has a job for you.  Want to kill people, sign up with the Boston office of the FBI or run for president (where you get to launch Predator missiles at anyone, including Americans, by first labelling them terrorists).  In a very short space of time, the USA has sunk into the abyss.      

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:45 | 4487243 Meat Hammer
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Long FUCK YOU NSA t-shirts for internet browsing.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:53 | 4487266 cherry picker
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No wonder yahoo mail is so slow.

Good thing I don't have a camera, the spooks would see a middle finger raised at them.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:55 | 4487274 Atomizer
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If you use a laptop, a small squarely cut piece of black electrical tape over camera lens. It will do the trick. Expand on other intrusive devises.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:58 | 4487287 krispkritter
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Found this while looking for an article on states using their power to cut the NSA's(literally):  No affiliation.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:01 | 4487299 The Gooch
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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:01 | 4487300 El Vaquero
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I didn't compile the drivers for any webcams into my kernel.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:09 | 4487325 Toronto Kid
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That's all right; the *.gov folks will do it for you, no charge.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:11 | 4487334 Atomizer
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Or you can cancel out the Win7 or Metrosexual 8 registry commands. For most, black electrical tape is the quick fix.



Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:24 | 4487362 Help Is Not Coming
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"I didn't compile the drivers for any webcams into my kernel."

man insmod

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:27 | 4487376 Atomizer
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He's using Linux you clown fuck!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:38 | 4487417 El Vaquero
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To which his post is relevant.  That would be a command line tool for inserting a kernel module.  The issue for NSA types, though, is that they would either have to replace my entire kernel, or the drivers would be compiled as a module rather than in the kernel itself.  That means that NSA monkey business could be detected with lsmod.


But I don't have a webcam either, and if I did, it would be one that I could physically unplug from the machine. 


But it should be pointed out that no computer/os is 100% secure.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:11 | 4487503 Atomizer
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it depends if you use a disk or thumb drive to execute commands when loading Linux. Or you can really take hold of the BIOS. Naturally it depends on your current Micro$hite operating system

Windows 8 - Accessing the UEFI (BIOS) Setup

Hope this was helpfull.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:47 | 4487609 El Vaquero
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No MS on my machine. 

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 01:41 | 4487828 n0.25
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It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

-- Mark Twain

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 04:38 | 4487955 Bunders
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"But it should be pointed out that no computer/os is 100% secure."

That bears repeating and remembering.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:18 | 4487352 q99x2
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What webcam?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:18 | 4487353 Help Is Not Coming
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I've been one of those technology "early adopters" for a long time. After several decades of working with computers daily, I've now decided to go in the complete opposite direction. I've decided to go all 'analog'. While the rest of society is out buying Nest thermostats so that hackers can reset the AC while they are at work, I'm busy getting rid of anything that is remotely electronic. As the electronic things die in my home I'm either not replacing them or I'm replacing them with a purely analog component. I'm operating under the premise that anything electronic will be monitored and recorded for later use. Oh, they might not be doing anything with the data now. However, I fully expect that several years from now they'll be pulling all of the historical data out of their database to go looking for people that match certain profiles so that they can be either proscuted or taxed, take your pick.

Like the old karate instructor says "best way to block is not be there...."

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:18 | 4487354 Carl Popper
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The nice thing about all this is that it decreases trust in government.  Over the long term that is very useful for the liberty agenda. 


Keep messing with them Greenwald.  I know you got lots more. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:26 | 4487372 A Lunatic
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Without electricity this whole Orwellian shit-fest cannot continue.........

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:35 | 4487406 kchrisc
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"Once I was surfing porn on the Internet, slipped and lost my rhythm, slammed it so hard that I heard bells ring, but I held on to my ding-a-ling-a-ling, my ding-a-ling, my ding-a-ling, NSA please watch me play with my ding-a-ling..."


"I have a webcam filming my guillotine night and day so they of the NSA and DC US can see their future."

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:45 | 4487434 Atomizer
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Substitute T for N in the Government entity.

NSA Monitoring Guy

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:51 | 4487451 kchrisc
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Probably the best South Park after Naggers/Niggers.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:37 | 4487414 knicks3005
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Wow, you know how many times i have gone nude in front of my webcam? LOTS! Enjoy my fat cock you NSA FUCKBAGS!!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:03 | 4487488 Godisanhftbot
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 I sit on my webcam.


 Let them spy.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 17:03 | 4490919 kchrisc
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You have a colon polyp. Sincerely, a caring NSA stooge.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:14 | 4487512 mademesmile
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Only the government thinks the movie minority report is something to emulate.

Note to Hollywood - stop giving these guys ideas!


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:24 | 4487539 I Write Code
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I assumed it would be Russian hackers or perverts at Microsoft, though one look at me and my IP would be blacklisted.  But I keep the camera covered anyway, if not disconnected, in a lead-lined box, facing the wall, in the closet, under a pile of odd socks.

Um, mostly when not in use.  Makes it hard to Skype otherwise.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:47 | 4487610 SgtShaftoe
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I've had electrical tape on all my cams for years. 

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 00:09 | 4487655 devo
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Guys, the bigger question is, what do we do about it? How do we take the country back from these assholes? Whining on the internet isn't a solution.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 01:20 | 4487794 ebworthen
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Disengage from the system.

Do not use any real information on a web form, do not use banks, do not show your real face or likeness, sign every electronic form with a scribble, buy Gold and Silver, do not buy Obamacare or health insurance, get every .gov benefit you can to tear the system down.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 05:28 | 4487957 Bunders
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Buy guy fawkes masks for your kids and tell them "Any time you're out in public or looking at your mobile phone or sitting infront of the TV or using a laptop, wear this, otherwise your own government who you will pay taxes to whether you want to or not, without any realistic hope of representation because you'll never be able to afford it, will put your image on a database and lie to you about what they're doing with it and maybe use faulty evidence, gathered in secret, against you in court without the presiding judge even knowing that's what's happening."

"But dad, the government is composed of conscientious, honorable men who want to make the world a better place for everyone and end suffering, why would they do such a thing?"

"That's classified! OK kids, have a good day!"

land of the free, home of the brave.

"He don't know that Uncle Sam is a cartoon and not a man"

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 00:18 | 4487670 litemine
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Doesn't matter to me. The Pictures they want are when my eyes are closed, and my arm is moving fast.

Like the TSA...perverts............The CIA is the Biggest Terrorist Organization in the World. Independent Countries should have Open Season if a CIA member enters your Country .  They are not there for the betterment of your Peoples. The Crimes the CIA have committed to people , if there is a hell, members and their spawn should suffer it's Glory. Wrap the Flag around that. Maybe this is why Harper is their PUPPET?

john baird. we've all Masterbated, do't be ashamed, just tell people you have a Grower, not a show her or in the NSA's TSA CIA and all other "A" (HOLES) Him's

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 00:18 | 4487673 litemine
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Doesn't matter to me. The Pictures they want are when my eyes are closed, and my arm is moving fast.

Like the TSA...perverts............The CIA is the Biggest Terrorist Organization in the World. Independent Countries should have Open Season if a CIA member enters your Country .  They are not there for the betterment of your Peoples. The Crimes the CIA have committed to people , if there is a hell, members and their spawn should suffer it's Glory. Wrap the Flag around that. Maybe this is why Harper is their PUPPET?

john baird. we've all Masterbated, do't be ashamed, just tell people you have a Grower, not a show her or in the NSA's TSA CIA and all other "A" (HOLES) Him's

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 01:16 | 4487785 Blue Horshoe Lo...
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People who do this are called "Peeping Toms".

And fascists when done With the backing of a giant corporation-government control grid.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 01:28 | 4487811 Spungo
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Does anyone remember that thing from 1984 where every room had cameras and microphones?

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 04:01 | 4487942 no more banksters
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"Training" societies in tolerating interceptions

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 06:09 | 4487986 satoshi123
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All HW and SW made in the world has to be OK'd by NSA/CIA/MOSSAD, which means that if your device has a MIC, or MCA, then they can activate remotely.

It's been this way since the early 1990's, .. thus like the MOB does, remove the fucking battery, and cover the MIC & CAM with tape.

Better yet buy a 1980's stupid phone and be safe.


Keep it simple, .. stupid.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 07:46 | 4488050 StychoKiller
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The article does not mention:

a. If the person being spied on had to turn on their webcam voluntarily.

b. If Optic Nerve only works Microsoft Operating Systems.

c. If the webcam busy light is on when they're spying (if a is true then c is true).


Fri, 02/28/2014 - 08:09 | 4488089 Racer
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This and more:

"You get a job interview, it’s at the same time as your JCP appointment, so you re-arrange your JCP appointemnt. Or at least, that’s what you think. You attend your rearranged appointment then get a letter saying your benefits will be stopped because going to a job interview isn’t a good enough reason for missing an appointment. (Source: Daily Mail)"

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 08:18 | 4488109 smacker
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Despite there being an exposé of this reprehensible GCHQ spying in the Guardian and articles appearing in other newspapers and it being mentioned in passing on government teet-sucking TV News channels (BBC, Sky News, ITN), not one government statement has been made about it and the unelected GCHQ High Command have not been hauled up in front of Parliament to be hammered and slapped for a blatant violation of peoples' privacy. GCHQ has already declined to comment on the same old same old grounds of "We Don't Comment on National Security Matters".

And even if the government did get demands to make a statement, it would be liberally sprinkled with the words "National Security". That immediately closes down all debate. Everybody would move on and GCHQ go back to doing what they're best at: violating privacy by unlawfully spying on the country's own citizens.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 08:32 | 4488135 Rising Sun
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So when are the webcam shots of Barry, sitting topless with a box of tissue, coming out???

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 08:48 | 4488167 weburke
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think flatscreen

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:45 | 4489846 Ariadne
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If they have any humiliating pictures of politicians they should share NOW. Thats important public property.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 17:27 | 4491068 SweetDoug
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Fear the future




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