(Wardle used to work for NASA and the NSA.) He calls the technique “piggybacking,” because it relies on a computer’s user to do most of the legwork: Instead of secretly turning on the webcam without the user’s permission, piggybacking malware simply waits until the webcam is active, and then records everything it sees.
The piggybacking process is simple: A malware program quietly running in the background of a computer checks periodically to see if someone has activated the camera.
Video calling should help Messenger build on its considerable momentum: the product now has more than 600 million monthly active users, and they're making 10 percent of all internet-based phone calls.
Facebook is rolling out video calling to Messenger today, letting users chat face to face with their friends by tapping a single button inside the app.
The free feature, which works over both LTE and Wi-Fi, competes with similar products including Microsoft's Skype, Google Hangouts, and Apple's Face Time.
From any of your chats, you simply tap the video camera icon to start a call.
Once the call has started, you can switch back and forth from the front-facing and rear cameras, or turn your camera off entirely.
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When the camera is turned on, the malware starts recording, too, alongside Skype or Face Time, and stops recording when the session ends.
Finally, the malware sends the recording to the attacker.
Mark Zuckerberg covers up his laptop’s camera with a little piece of tape.