You Could Be Getting Spied on Through Your Smartphone’s Camera

On an episode of the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert gave America some high-tech insight as to preventing the government from spying on us, the people, via computer webcam: a good old piece of duct tape.

“We’ve found that duct tape is not a perfect solution for anything. But with a little ingenuity, in a pinch, it’s an adequate solution for just about anything.”

– Jamie Hyneman (from Mythbusters)

So, people of America, use that ingenuity and put that piece of duct tape over your computers webcam; be sure to remove it though, when you must sit through your grandparents painful attempt at Skyping you from Florida.

But, even so, you might still be getting spied on. There is an app that can send photos taken through your smartphone’s camera to a hacker via internet. Szymon Sidor, a computer researcher, says that smartphones can be programmed to watch you without you even knowing.

Sidor created a video that shows how easy it is to enable this app to hack an Android phone. Sidor says that the loophole is “absolutely inexcusable.

Next time you want to take a selfie, the first step might be to peel back the duct tape over your phones camera lens, but if the front camera is unaffected, the selfie will live on!