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Scary. Insane. Ridiculous. Invasive. Wrong. The Washington Post reports that the FBI has had the ability to secretly activate a computer’s camera “without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording” for years now. What in the hell is going on? What kind of world do we live in?

Marcus Thomas, the former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division, told the Post that that sort of creepy spy laptop recording is “mainly” used in terrorism cases or the “most serious” of criminal investigations. That doesn’t really make it less crazy (or any better) since the very idea of the FBI being able to watch you through your computer is absolutely disturbing.

Take the advice of a dumb blonde, put a piece of tape over the LED and it never happened.



  1. John E Quantum says:

    I’m sure that almost all of what is seen by surreptitious methods is either uninteresting or disgusting. Being required to watch it probably causes a lot of PTSD.

  2. Greg Allen says:

    My Luddite tendencies are affirmed:

    I have always kept a piece of paper or tape over my webcam when I’m not using it.

    I did this because I worried that I would accidenatlly accept a Skype call while in my underwear but I guess I was also protecting my privacy from my own damn government.

    • Cheeky Geek says:

      Think again!

      Yes, your government keeps tabs on you and may even be watching right this minute (assuming there’s a good enough reason). But that’s only half of the problem…

      If you use Google – even to search with – then you have already given up some (or all) of your privacy. Same goes with Microsoft who happens to own Skype and that horrible Bing thing too. And it’s not like Apple is all that innocent either since millions of fools still use iTunes — some of whom I’m sure use it to listen to Dvoraks’ weekly podcasts.

      [Want a better search engine that gives a damn about your privacy? This is just a suggestion (and I'm not getting paid or have any other reason to promote it) but you may want to try DuckDuckGo (ddg.gg). You might also want to ditch your crappy OS (Windows/OSX) too. Because this kind of spy crap just doesn't happen in the Linux world - not even from Canonical.]

  3. noname says:

    The lite was only meant to give the gullible public a false since of security. Privacy is not a constitutional right and all Americans are employees of our government. Employers can track, record your activities and monitor all your communications!

    George Orwell 1984 my ass!

    • Captain Obvious says:

      I haven’t seen anyone get their ass 1984′d since college. Apparently you never get over it.

  4. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    In a dramatic and rare demonstration of rational thinking pedro says:
    12/8/2013 at 12:48 pm

    As misled as with the gun issue. Technology doesn’t break into your computer, the gubment does (as per this story goes) just as people kill people, not guns. ///// Thats a fair call Pedro. I was just trying to emphasize the non-political aspects of human proclivity for Douche.

    ….. but once again, without pc camera’s, the gubment/hackers/big biz would not be able to spy on us. As you recognize===just like guns.

    • pedro says:

      You should keep looking after your utopic dream of no guns, that way there will be no more deaths because people won’t have the only instrument they use to kill each other.

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

        I’m very much happier and content defending myself and mine against weapon wielding goons and thugs other than guns.

        Imagine that….. guns significantly different than a knife or baseball bat.

        BUT I don’t argue for Utopia…. just a long walk in its general direction.

        • pedro says:

          You should also campaign for the banning of computers then. It’s the only way to keep people from breaking into your computers. Think of the children.

          Then all electronics should be banned because that’s technologist.

          Who knew that bobbo was just a prepper in disguise.

          • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

            Well Pedro–once again you fail to do the simplest of analysis. Pros and Cons.

            Con of the Gun: I get killed.

            Con of the SpyCam: I see Greg Allen in his underwear.

            Can you spot the difference?

    • Uncle Sam says:

      Looks like you never considered MICROPHONES!

      I bet you have no second thoughts using Google’s crap too. (Hello, Mr. Nixon? Can you hear me NOW?!)

      Clearly, it’s wrong (morally or legally) to spy on people without a damn good reason. However one possible reason to spy on someone or even a group of people would be if he/she/they have demonstrated some degree of IRRESPONSIBILITY! It’s a concept that I’m sure you don’t fully appreciate since your precious left already suspects everyone of being irresponsible right from the beginning.

      It’s pretty clear that you “believe” everyone – especially the “evil rich” – should pay more in taxes too. Just look at your own postings where you almost consistently say how we should impose more taxes as if it were some kind of punishment or something. At the very least you seem to be saying that the government needs more money. That is, until shit like this pops up!

      Without even THINKING where those “evil rich” will make up the difference or where they’ll spend it, you say tax, tax, tax! And yes, those “evil rich” should loosen their purse stings, I agree. But forcing anyone to give more money either in taxes to an already incompetent and corrupt government, or even to impose a forced spending on a bloated BIG BUSINESS like health insurance, is definitely NOT the answer. Just consider the money that they squander now. And you say you want them to have MORE of it?! Are you CRAZY?!!! (Don’t answer since I’m pretty sure President ZERO already did.)

      It’s pretty clear that you have no ideas on how to correct things. All you ever say is that you want more rules/laws/taxes and then try and use some sort of twisted old time religious fervor masquerading as some sort of political righteousness to do it. You unthinkingly promote the fear/uncertainty/doubt (FUD) just like an insane Kansas baptist church leader. And then you have the unthinking/unmitigated gall to say the party on the right is the one doing all the fear mongering. Do even HEAR yourself?!

      That’s not even the half of it!

      As wrong as Pedro may be (in your twisted mind, at least), he is correct about one thing you just can’t seem to beat down with your moronic diatribe, guns don’t kill! It’s a fact that only an insane person would argue because the facts are pretty clear. Gun’s don’t kill any more so than than an inanimate CAR kills people nor even your friendly neighborhood BAR. PEOPLE (and animals) DO THE KILLING!!!

      Blaming an inanimate object like a gun or even a table lamp for committing horrendous acts of violence makes absolutely no sense. So you may want to rethink your position if you claim to be a man of facts.

      Just for starters, try thinking about why a deranged/criminal who ILLEGALLY obtains a gun is even out in society in the first place. Try thinking about why making more laws for people who don’t violate them makes any kind of sense. Then you may want to reexamine your own clear attempts at doing the very thing you accuse others of doing which is to violate the Constitution by trying to dismantle it.

      You may want to look at what your leftist criminal justice system has accomplished too. You may want to ask why the overwhelmingly liberal legal system is so pathetically broken that someone like a convicted rapist or murderer will actually do less time in jail than someone who smokes dope! Oh! But there’s that same old LIE you probably want to point out right now of how it’s really the right-wing who’s doing it (and again, they’re not totally innocent), because that’s what you’ve been led to BELIEVE! You either can’t or don’t want to look at the very LAWS that were written by the liberal fools who had/have the power that tie our judges hands!

      So you may want to look at the values of those who are leading you — your OWNERS! You may want to reconsider spreading the FUD on things that neither they nor you understand nor WANT to understand. Because allowing one’s self to be selectively become ignorant is really just submitting to a RELIGION!

  5. haymoose says:

    Just wait until they release news that the NSA/FBI have a backdoor into Xbox Kinect and have been eavesdropping on the entire family from the game room, den or family room.

    • pedro says:

      They already say they’re monitoring online games from both PC’s & consoles. I think that qualifies but the sheeple will not believe until they hear what you just pondered being said out loud

  6. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    In what appears to be an earnest and considered detailed response Uncle Sam says:
    12/9/2013 at 6:52 pm

    Looks like you never considered MICROPHONES! //// I’m aware they can be monitored as well, as well as speakers turned into microphones? Aren’t all the issues the same? What am I missing?

    I bet you have no second thoughts using Google’s crap too. (Hello, Mr. Nixon? Can you hear me NOW?!) /// I use their search engine and their maps. I enjoy both. Most people do. What am I missing?

    Clearly, it’s wrong (morally or legally) to spy on people without a damn good reason. /// I do assume a Court Order signed by a judge showing probable cause to suspect criminal activity. I know that has eroded since Bush and Obama…. but something more than a general damn good reason.

    However one possible reason to spy on someone or even a group of people would be if he/she/they have demonstrated some degree of IRRESPONSIBILITY! /// No, certainly more than that.

    It’s a concept that I’m sure you don’t fully appreciate since your precious left already suspects everyone of being irresponsible right from the beginning. /// No. Gee, is this just going to be another series of straw man, made up, exaggerations and lies from the extremely retarded right?….. I was hoping for more.

    It’s pretty clear that you “believe” everyone – especially the “evil rich” – should pay more in taxes too. /// Yes, progressive tax schedule with very little social engineering (sic).

    Just look at your own postings where you almost consistently say how we should impose more taxes as if it were some kind of punishment or something. /// No, just the source of the revenue. By definition, anyone with High taxes has high income. I can only wish I paid one million a year in taxes. …. Or would you opt for a life on welfare at $800/month?

    At the very least you seem to be saying that the government needs more money. That is, until shit like this pops up! /// Gubment/We the People need to balance the books. Shit like this should be STOPPED. Has little to do with dificit spending without long term budget year after year. Do do confuse one thing with another.

    Without even THINKING where those “evil rich” will make up the difference or where they’ll spend it, you say tax, tax, tax! And yes, those “evil rich” should loosen their purse stings, I agree. But forcing anyone to give more money either in taxes to an already incompetent and corrupt government, or even to impose a forced spending on a bloated BIG BUSINESS like health insurance, is definitely NOT the answer. //// We need a minimum of social safety net services and those services need to be paid for. The rich need to pay more because they get more from society AND they have it. Pretty simple and straight forward.

    Just consider the money that they squander now. And you say you want them to have MORE of it?! Are you CRAZY?!!! (Don’t answer since I’m pretty sure President ZERO already did.) /// Nobody is for wasted/squandered/fradulent/corporate welfare. Why can’t you find something more debatable?

    It’s pretty clear that you have no ideas on how to correct things. /// Hows that? Too general given the length already to pick the low fruit.

    All you ever say is that you want more rules/laws/taxes and then try and use some sort of twisted old time religious fervor masquerading as some sort of political righteousness to do it. /// I’m not too often religious. You got a quote?

    You unthinkingly promote the fear/uncertainty/doubt (FUD) just like an insane Kansas baptist church leader. And then you have the unthinking/unmitigated gall to say the party on the right is the one doing all the fear mongering. Do even HEAR yourself?! /// You Lie. I always say both sides do it, the Pukes only do more of it in a more odious way.

    That’s not even the half of it! /// Why use fractions when you have the whole truth?

    As wrong as Pedro may be (in your twisted mind, at least), he is correct about one thing you just can’t seem to beat down with your moronic diatribe, guns don’t kill! It’s a fact that only an insane person would argue because the facts are pretty clear. Gun’s don’t kill any more so than than an inanimate CAR kills people nor even your friendly neighborhood BAR. PEOPLE (and animals) DO THE KILLING!!! //// Loon.

    Blaming an inanimate object like a gun or even a table lamp for committing horrendous acts of violence makes absolutely no sense. So you may want to rethink your position if you claim to be a man of facts. //// No person has ever killed another person with a gun who didn’t use a gun. Simple fact. Remove the gun, death by guns is eliminated. Irrefutable.

    Just for starters, try thinking about why a deranged/criminal who ILLEGALLY obtains a gun is even out in society in the first place. /// Ummmm…. to provide the Righteous Right with Target Practice?????

    Try thinking about why making more laws for people who don’t violate them makes any kind of sense. /// The law applies to everybody and lets everybody know what the rules are. If there was not law against murder, then people would more often do so. Again… pretty simple.

    Then you may want to reexamine your own clear attempts at doing the very thing you accuse others of doing which is to violate the Constitution by trying to dismantle it. /// Boiler Plate. I say: follow the Court Rulings, like them or not.

    You may want to look at what your leftist criminal justice system has accomplished too. /// The worst aspects are the anti-Libertarian laws (drugs, sex, rock and roll) and the turn to for profit systems. Both are right leaning concepts.

    You may want to ask why the overwhelmingly liberal legal system is so pathetically broken that someone like a convicted rapist or murderer will actually do less time in jail than someone who smokes dope! /// I agree thats bad. Jails would be empty save for the two issues mentioned above though. Connect the dots–how is left theory involved in letting rapists and murderers serve less time? I assume you have some general theory of left theories other than anything aspect of life that you don’t like?……. ie….. surpise me.

    Oh! But there’s that same old LIE you probably want to point out right now of how it’s really the right-wing who’s doing it (and again, they’re not totally innocent), because that’s what you’ve been led to BELIEVE! You either can’t or don’t want to look at the very LAWS that were written by the liberal fools who had/have the power that tie our judges hands! /// Minimum sentencing and Three Strikes in the main is what “ties” judges hands. Aren’t both of those right wing ideas that the looney left goes along with because they are spineless weenies?

    So you may want to look at the values of those who are leading you — your OWNERS! You may want to reconsider spreading the FUD on things that neither they nor you understand nor WANT to understand. Because allowing one’s self to be selectively become ignorant is really just submitting to a RELIGION! /// I estimate your current rotational velocity at about 1.25 G’s. Do you know your escape velocity????

    Ha, ha. Say Uncle–way to much to respond, but I honor your effort with my own. If you choose to respond, please pick 1-2 (3?) of your strongest positions to flail. We need to respect our readers as well? Try to actually have a cogent fact based position rather than boiler plate?

    Good boy.

  7. pedro says:

    Dayum bobbo! You made sure of writing the most absurd retort you’ve ever written here.

    But don’t worry, I’m not blaming you since you’ve made it quite clear you don’t have the brain for even writing absurdities; I blame MS & Apple & IBM for making the technology to give you the computer you used to bray in this blog