Is your TV watching you?

imagesCAQYRRA8Perhaps you’re not worried about the National Security Agency tracking your phone calls and e-mails — but what if they were watching you in your PJs on your couch?

It may sound like something out of Mission Impossible, but it’s the stuff of fact, not fiction.

In fact, the U.S. government has demonstrated that it has just such a capability as part of its ongoing cyber espionage battle with foreign governments. Security analysts say the sophisticated spyware dubbed Flame was created by government programmers, and among its many features, the program is able to turn on a target’s Web cam and record video (all without turning on the telltale flashing recording light). In addition, hackers routinely use programs called remote administration tools (or RATs) to switch on a victim’s camera remotely, effectively turning the video camera in an office or living room into a private CCTV monitor.

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