Girl webcam footage
Hackers threaten to post incriminating evidence to Facebook or Linked In unless a ransom of around £100 (5) is paid.'Unfortunately there are some people just doing it for the fun of it, having power over others,' Mr Wueest said.'If they have someone who really freaked out or cried in front of the machine, they boast about that.'It's one of the ugliest types of cyber bullying we've seen.' The forum's are a dark place - sympathy for the people being exposed doesn't go down well with the other 'rats'.
The 'stupidity' of the victims warrants the exploitation and abuse in the eyes of the hackers The ability to remotely take control of another person's camera has long been known, the FBI allegedly had the ability to spy on people via the webcams back in 2013.
While there are other methods of ensuring your privacy - scanning for malware, putting in passwords and activating firewalls - tape or nail varnish is the safest and easiest way, Mr Wueest said.
He said there are large groups of hackers who spy on people and brag about their criminal activity on the dark web.
Some have started demanding ransom for images and videos captured of sexual acts/masturbation.
A security expert has warned that those who don't cover their webcams risk being blackmailed by hackers who have taken incriminating footage of them.
The researcher said communities of cyber criminals exist where users boast of the unsuspecting people who they watch 'for fun' through hacked webcams.