The person, identified as Mahmoud Abdul in Cairo, Egypt, uploaded the pictures with a message that said “Really, cute couple [sic]”.
The pictures were apparently taken from the laptop’s webcam. This past March, a young man turned himself into the FBI and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for the computer hacking of Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf.
Anyone with a computer webcam or smartphone camera runs the risk of being hacked and monitored.
Spy tools, whether designed by intelligence agencies, cyber crooks or internet creeps, can turn your camera on without illuminating the indicator light.
This was directly caused by easy-to-guess default passwords on webcams.
This was the latest incident of many in an ongoing webcam hacking epidemic that continues to plague computer users in a day and age where — according to the Pew Research Center — 78 percent of adults under 30 own a laptop or desktop computer, many of which come equipped with a webcam.
One photo appears to be taken from a CCTV camera in a pole dancing club.
But other feeds that were shared showed more domestic images, which users also took an interest in.“Is it more or less creepy that I prefer the old lady who just knits? Another said that they were didn’t like watching the knitting lady.