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Another NSA plug-in called CAPTIVATEDAUDIENCE hijacks the microphone on targeted computers to record conversations.
Intelligence agencies have been turning computers into listening devices for at least a decade, as evidenced by the Flame spy tool uncovered by Kaspersky Lab in 2012, which had the ability to surreptitiously turn on webcams and microphones and perform a host of other espionage operations.
If none of the above steps work, then the problem may lie within your device or operating system.
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Cybercriminals, sextortionists, law enforcement, and even school districts have all been doing this kind of spying for a number of years.
Spy tools, whether designed by intelligence agencies, cyber crooks or internet creeps, can turn your camera on without illuminating the indicator light.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has created webcam stickers that you can order for justfive bucks.
The black vinyl emblems are designed with a special adhesive that won't leave a residue on the camera lens when you remove it.
Fortunately, WIRED is here with a solution: Cover your camera lens with a sticker. Gaffer tape works nicely, too, but can leave a residue.
If you use your laptop camera often for Skyping and video conferencing, you might prefer the C-slide, which uses a sliding door to cover and uncover your camera's eye.
Sadly, covering your camera still won't prevent spies, intruders and even web sites and phone apps from surreptitiously turning on the internal microphone on your computer or mobile phone, computer, or Vo IP phone and listening in on conversations.
With EFF's logo on them, they also make a civil liberties statement.
If you want to make a more stylish statement, however, Etsy offers several options, including a Hello Kitty web cam cover, emoticon stickers, and a pink skull-and-crossbones for laptop cams, and a crocheted ghost cozy for external web cams.
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Thanks to Mike Saverino for providing audio equipment and special antennae for the scanner and audio feed.