Apple’s laptops use a hardware-controlled indicator light for the camera sensor. If the camera is on, the light is on. I imagine they’re not the only manufacturer to do this — if there’s going to be a light next to the camera at all, it’s much cheaper and easier to build it this way.
Capturing from a webcam has been a common feature in pretty much any creepy malware for years. Yes, the FBI can do that (and pretty much anything else) if they email some malware to someone and the person actually runs it. But this isn’t some elite “hacking” ability that only the FBI has — any 13-year-old nerd can do the same thing if they can convince some other 13-year-old victim to run an executable email attachment.
If someone at the FBI claims that they can capture from the webcam without turning the light on, it’s either typical “look how big our balls are” law-enforcement bullshit, a myth they were told that they’re repeating without having verified it, or true… but only on computers whose webcams don’t have lights next to them (which do exist).
Marco’s reaction to the webcam thing. Always worth reading.
(Source: shortformblog)24 minutes ago