While lying naked in a bath, a college student watching a DVD on her laptop noticed her webcam turn on like a ghost was using it.
Hackers had compromised the computer with a virus that allows snoops to watch their victims remotely.
The practice “has even spawned a profitable underground market selling the ability to watch victims – dubbed ‘slaves’ – for a few pounds.”
The infiltrators likely had infected the laptop by tricking her into downloading a “remote administration tool” software file. “This is usually done by internet links advertising diet tips or celebrity stories, or by sending an email requesting the user to click a link to see a picture or listen to a song.”