Following on from last week’s lecture on hackers, lulz, and whistle-blowers, I wanted to approach this week’s topic from a different angle than my previous blog post. After researching countless resources on cybersecurity, I stumbled across cybersecurity expert Eva Galperin, who shared a video via WIRED debunking cybersecurity myths. What really caught my attention, though, was her discussion around the myth ‘the government is watching me through my camera’.
“It is possible to remotely trigger somebody’s camera if you install a remote access tool on their device. That is something that hackers do. That is something that criminals do. That’s something governments do, but in order for the government to install the software that they need in order to track you through your camera, they need a warrant from a judge. It is more likely that you will be watched by hackers, or if you’re a student, by your school, than it is that you are going to be watched by the government.”Eva Galperin
While the risk of someone watching you through your camera is extremely slim, Eva recommends placing a sticker over your camera to eliminate the possibility entirely, especially since these digital ‘backdoors’ used by hackers and the government alike can trigger your camera while preventing the recording light from turning on. If you’re still concerned about the government monitoring you, just remember that a teenager on the internet probably isn’t the biggest government concern at the moment, so you’re unlikely to be a target of these operations. Hackers are also much more likely to target bigger companies and reputable individuals who can afford to pay a ransom for the return of their valuable content. In light of this, my Week 10 remediation is inspired by the ‘FBI man’ meme.