Attached to the note was a file labeled simply SCARY. Yeah, the IM had come from her account, but she hadn't sent it. That night, Suzy's 20-year-old friend Nila Westwood got the same note, the same attachment. When she called her friend to see what she'd missed, things actually got freaky: Suzy'd never sent a thing.
Melissa wondered why her goof-off sister was IM'ing from the next room instead of just padding over—she wasn't usually that lazy—so she walked over to see what was up. Unlike Melissa, she opened it, expecting, say, a video of some guy stapling his lip to his chin on You Tube. The girls pieced together the clues and agreed: Suzy's AOL account had been hacked.
Every online scam begins more or less the same—a random e-mail, a sketchy attachment.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) reported that the site accesses information by using thousands of cameras' default login credentials, which are available online. In a blog post, Rice outlined the precautions folks should take: First and foremost, change your default password.
privacy watchdog has issued a warning about a Russian website that streams live footage from insecure webcams around the world.
For the next couple of weeks, the girls remained watchful for malware, insidious software capable of wreaking all sorts of havoc.
But with no sign of trouble on their machines—no slow performance, no deleted files, no alerts from antivirus programs—they pretty much forgot about it. Suzy, Melissa, and Nila went about their lives online and off.
The hackers infiltrated a number of systemsfrom CCTV networks to baby monitor camerasand are streaming views of offices, gyms, pubs, shops, even the inside of a child's bedroom. "If you take only one security step when getting any new device, make sure it's setting a strong password," he wrote.