Covert cameras and Spy devices are not just for secret intelligent purposes anymore. Many hackers and criminals now use hidden cameras and some other forms of technology like GPS, bugs, listening devices and RF transmitters that allow people to capture video and audio transmissions out of the box. It is no longer news that most of these devices now allow you to monitor footage from the convenience of your Smartphone or iPhone, anywhere, anytime! There are some few ways that some people are yet to know about some of these spying devices and what they can do; let’s look at some of them quickly:
Your Smart Device Can Be a Spying Device
Not only individual sites or devices monitors your online behavior, but it will also interest you that tech firms are secretly recording our private and public conversations via Smartphone or other networked devices such as smart TVs and spy cameras that we ourselves own.
Some CEOs also use spy cams to see what an employee has been doing on their business phones. They use spy equipment to recover contacts, messages that were sent and other important data that has been deleted from the device.
Also, you have to know that some people can spy on you whenever you grant an untrusted app an access to your hidden camera and microphone, and these apps could do the following; access both the front and the back camera, take pictures and videos and upload them without your consent, detect if the user is on their phone alone, run real-time face recognition to detect facial appearances or your expressions and also live stream the camera footages and image on to the internet. These apps that perform as spying devices go as far as uploading random frames of the video stream to your web service and run proper face recognition software which can find existing photos of you on the internet and create a 3D model based on your face.
Spying Devices Is Used By Government to Steal Information
It is recently revealed that Government security agencies like the NSA in the USA and other security organizations are up on a platform called Optic Nerves.
This operation is built on a massive surveillance program that is capable of capturing webcam images every five minutes from Yahoo user’s video chats and then stored them for future use. As we are speaking, over 2 million Yahoo users are already victims of this egocentric deputation. It will also interest you to know that an estimated 3 to 10% images captured by these spy devices contains nudity.
Another way Government may be infiltrating trough your personal information and privacy is through in-built backdoors, which means that they can tweak in to your phone calls, check your phone contact list, read your SMS, capture photos of you without knowing, record or stream videos of you, read your emails from your laptops or Smartphone and steal your files at any instant they please. You may want to ask, how possible is it for them to get free access, but don’t forget that for nearly every lock; ANT seems to have a key in its toolbox and these so-called ANT is answerable to the NSA, little wonder no matter what walls companies erect, the NSA's specialists must have gotten past them.
Hackers Use Spy Devices In Hacking Smart Devices
Hackers do also us spy devices in the form of apps, PDF files, multimedia messages like video files and audio downloaded files, and even emojis and email messages. These hackers do often use some user friendly applications known by many as an exploit to open a listener rootkit on the user’s computer which is then altered in the form of PDF with the program, they now send this malicious file to users, and when users open this PDF file, that’s all; the damned hackers have total control over their victims device remotely and can now do things like: install whichever kind of software or app they like on the victims’ device, steal all documents from the device ,use a key logger to grab all of their passwords, take pictures and stream videos from their camera, upload unlawful images/documents to their PC and notify home security .
Internet Cookies Can Be A Spying Device
There is a lot of massive bionetwork of advertisers and supporting companies dedicated to tracking your activity across the internet every day.
In the form of cookies, sites commonly record what pages you look at by saving a small file to your browser so that your activity across different sites can be matched by looking at your browser history, and fingerprint which is made up of a profile containing information like your screen size, the version of the browser you use, and what plug-in tools you have downloaded to use with it so that when you visit other websites, a profile is built and based on your cookies and browser, these fingerprints can load an intermediary script to display ads relevant to your profile.
Consequently, tracking does not stop at online data alone. Some tech firms like Apple are known to acquire data from financial institutions about user purchases in the real world to supplement their ad offerings.